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Comment by Janet Garrett Nenzel on March 7, 2014 at 10:56am

Comment by Janet Garrett Nenzel on March 7, 2014 at 10:42am

                         We Wonder Why

It's difficult to understand why

one would take their life.  Only

God can comprehend a soul so

racked with strife.

Life brings many challenges

and some just cannot cope.  The

intensity of their suffering

causes them to give up hope.

God knows their heart and

mind, the hurt and pain that

they have known.  He'll take

them in His loving arms as they

return back home.

~ Courtesy of Morrissett Community Care

Richmond, VA

Comment by Caryn Hersh on March 4, 2014 at 1:29pm


You are so right, if only they knew how loved they were and how much they are missed. I don't think any of them realized how many lives they effected on an everyday basis.

Comment by Margo powell on March 1, 2014 at 12:59am
Hi Janet, I'll be thinking of you on March 3rd. It's my brother's birthday who has been gone 5 years. Just a thought regarding your having a gathering for Garrett's friends. My daughter has lost several friend's who have taken their lives. They have get togethers to honor their friends on or around the anniversary of their death. If only each of our loved ones and friends could have realized how much they were loved and would be missed. Little did they know their presence in our lives can never be replaced, nor will they ever be forgotten:(
Comment by Alison Colbert on February 26, 2014 at 12:56pm

They are in our hearts and that will never change.
But in order for us to grow without them,
there will be many things we'll need to rearrange.
While moving forward, don't give up
Just picture them smiling when you look up above.
As I wish peace of mind for myself,
I am wishing peace and love for all of you to be well.

Comment by Janet Garrett Nenzel on February 14, 2014 at 10:22am

Wishing us all peace and love this Valentine's Day.

Comment by Janet Garrett Nenzel on February 10, 2014 at 5:15pm

Hi all,  Wanted to share this article I found

Tips for Coping with Anniversary Reactions in Grief

Comment by Janet Garrett Nenzel on February 10, 2014 at 1:32pm

Hugs to you, Carla.  Sorry for the loss of your son Michael.  My son Garrett's one year will be March 3.  I am having much difficulty deciding how best to remember him, small, private, family.  Had wanted to include many friends who were away in their senior year of college and unable to attend the funeral but a friend said to me they may not feel the same way.  I think I am most scared to hear they may not.  Did put the question/idea out to one of his friend's yesterday.  I know from reading everyone's posts that planning how to spend the day just 3 weeks prior to his 23rd bd. is important and not let it just sneak up on you and not be prepared.  Causing me to have nightmares. 

Comment by Carla on February 7, 2014 at 12:35pm

I, as many others here, find the holidays and anniversary dates hard to get through. For me, four years seems a long time to friends and other people - you can feel it that they expect you to be completely over it by now - for me Michael's passing was yesterday. And we will never get over it - but we will move forward. I tend to just push through the holidays. Michael's death was a week before Christmas so it is very difficult and has changed our family termendously. I still wake up and can't believe I have been without him for this long. I, too, search for him in nature, in song, in dreams, in everything. My counselor somewhat "dropped me" suddenly last year- she had a career change. It left me feeling abandoned and adrift. It just feels hard. I keep trying to find some small point of joy or hope for myself and especially for Michael's father. The stabbing pain has lessened, but is replaced with a dull heavy aching now. It is a sorrow I will always carry. I talk to Michael every day. Some part of me believes he continues  - somewhere. I'm still trying to put my life back together with some happiness - if only in seeing the sun shine. I can't believe this happened to us - and even more so - I can't believe it happened to our beautiful, gentle son. I don't writer here often, but I do read everyone's posts and pray for all of you.

Comment by Janet Garrett Nenzel on February 3, 2014 at 11:17am

Can 11 months really have gone by since I lost my son Garrett? 

Yet another night I lay in bed

          Sleep splintered with thoughts of you racing through my head

Startled awake

          I suddenly remember you are gone, no longer here

I agonize what could have gone so wrong

My heart aches, the tears flow

I look for you in the night skies, soaring birds, fluttering butterflies

          I listen for you in the gentle breeze, rustling of the trees

Remembering your gentle way, beautiful smile, and love of nature

But where oh where you are

I pray you are at rest and have found peace my son.

Loving and missing you,



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