Mom and Cliff in PA

Remembering Cliff ♥

Today, March 7th 2015, my only son, Clifford Edwin Widmer, III Candle Lighting Ceremony-CliffsStory.com  Cliffordwould have turned 37.  So today I will remember him, all of our fond memories, and rejoice in what is to come because of his death.

The articles of incorporation for Cliff’s Story, Inc. were sent in a couple of weeks ago, and I expect the filed copy back in the mail very soon.  This is the first step in creating a non-profit in Cliff’s name so his legacy will live on for lifetimes to come.

To get an idea of what the vision is for the non-profit, check out the “Press Release” on this blog.  It explains not only why I am so passionate about it, but why it will keep Cliff’s legacy alive.

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Cliff was such a kind soul.  He loved nature and the outdoors.  I remember when he was only a baby, if he was crying or fussy, all I had to do was take him outside.  He immediately got quiet and seemed at peace.

cliff_riding_a_horse_e63e3_SmallCliff also loved animals….all types of animals.  He was an excellent fisherman, and loved the water.  From a very young age he was drawn to the water.  He was a natural swimmer, so thankfully we didn’t have to worry about him drowning.

I haven’t in the past been so melancholy on Cliff’s birthday, but today I can’t seem to shake it.  So instead, I am going to continue to remember him today and put everything else to the side for the day.  I don’t do that much, but when I am slowed down, I have learned to embrace it, and feel it.  Truly feel it.

If your child, or someone you know has lost their life, you know that it can be sad remembering them, but also very uplifting.  As a mother, when you lose a child, you lose a part of you.  A part of your being, a part of your soul.  You truly never are the same as you were before.

I have learned over time that I am different, will remain different than before his death, and I am okay with that.heart with clouds

If today I could ask just one thing from all of you, just have nothing but LOVE in your heart today.  Think of only positive, beautiful things, smile a lot and spread it around you.  That would be quite a blessing for not only me but for my son as well!

If you are suffering a loss today…..embrace the grief.  You must feel it and experience it if you are going to get through it.  It is tough, very tough and I wouldn’t wish it upon even an enemy.  Although I really don’t have enemies, you get the idea. :-)

Mom and Cliff at the LA ZooThank you for spending a few minutes with me today as I remember my beautiful boy.

I miss him every moment of the day, and putting together this non-profit will keep his name alive.  That is what gets me up every day, and pushes me forward when all I want to do is collapse.

Love to you all my friends! ♥

Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom♥

CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

 

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4th Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony in Reedley ~ Remembering our Children

As we work hard towards getting through this holiday season, lets remember all of the children who were lost too soon ♥

We will be meeting at Changes Salon in Reedley; 1761 11th Street.  Registration begins at 6pm.  If you are out of the area or unable to grieve in public, I have recorded a ceremony just for you below.

May God Bless you this season♥

 

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4th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony in memory of our Children

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My husband Tony and I have hosted this event, this being our 4th year, and every year it actually blesses us as we are able to help others who have also lost a child.

We never know who will show up, but we know that whomever the Lord sends our way, we will embrace them and share our experience which in turn helps them at the same time.

Losing a child is hard enough, but during the holidays it is much harder to cope….this is our effort to not only keep our children’s memory alive, but also help those of us left behind to cope with this pain.

Here are the details for our event in Reedley on this Sunday December 14th♥

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Priscilla L. Brooks, Cliff’s Mom♥

For more details, you can email me at CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

Usborne Card Fundraiser

Fundraiser for Cliff’s Story

Hey friends, family and followers!

I was at a boutique last night fundraising for Cliff’s Story, and I still have a few boxes left.  They make great gifts! ♥Usborne Card Fundraiser                                                                                                                                                                                                            Please consider purchasing a box of cards.  They are $31.40 and $13 of that is donated to Cliff’s Story.

If you are local I can deliver~ if not, I can ship to you….I will check on the cost to ship.

Each box has 30 individually wrapped cards for all occasions.

Thank you so much for your support!

Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom ♥

CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

 

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4th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony to be on 12-14-14

The date for our 4th year of supporting our community by participating in this worldwide event has been set.

Please save the date of December 14, 2014 to join us♥

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1761 11th Street
Reedley, CA 93654
6pm – Registration
6:30 – Ceremony Begins
7:00 – Candles are lit until 8pm

At this time I am asking all of you to please share this post, as I am in search of photos of children who have been lost to any type of death.

It blesses us every year to help families during a very heartbreaking time in their life.

We understand their pain, and somehow that seems to help, if just a little bit.

The holidays are the very hardest time, and we know this.

Please help us to spread the word so we can bless all of the lost children in this world and keep their memories alive!

May GOD bless you♥

Priscilla L. Brooks, Cliff’s Mom ♥

https://www.facebook.com/CliffsStory

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FresnoSoS.org Annual fun run/walk

12th Annual Fun Run/Walk ~ Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss

On this day, which is National Suicide Prevention Day, I would ask that you please help me spread the word…..

I have put together a team called “TEAM CLIFFORD” and we will be walking on September 27th in Woodward Park in Fresno, CA at 8:00 am sharp.

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Please consider joining our team whether or not you are able to physically attend.  Click to print the Registration Form.

I appreciate all who are able to donate….please go to the Fresno SOS donation page, donate your $20 through Pay Pal and then forward your receipt to me so I can keep track.

Your participation would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much!

Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom ♥

 

RIP my precious son Cliff ♥

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Candle Lighting Ceremony-CliffsStory.com  CliffordToday marks the 9th anniversary of when I lost my precious son Cliff♥

We lost him to suicide, and I now reach out to others in hopes that I can save lives in my son’s name.  Cliff is helping others even though his flesh has left this earth.

The only peace I feel is that I know he is now healed from this evil disease that society tends to isolate people from.

We must spread the word of “Suicide Prevention Awareness“, after all, mental illness is a disease just like any other disease, ie cancer, leukemia, diabetes.  We wouldn’t turn our backs on them, so we need to start “talking” and embracing the subject.  That is the only way we will get comfortable in helping those struck with this disease.

Today, in honor of my son, all I ask is that you “smile” at a stranger instead of just walking by “minding your own business”.  Acknowledge people, smile, spread the Love!  There are some people who feel very alone, and as if the world would be better without them!

We are all here for a reason!  Even the precious people who have been stricken with “mental illness”.  They are not contagious, but our smile, our touch, our hearts can be contagious to them! ♥

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Please Reach Out Today!  Show Love Today in memory of my sweet Cliff♥

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3rd Annual “Suicide Prevention Walk” in Reedley 6-07-14

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Jason Matkin ~ Stay With Me

Take a few minutes to watch this musical video performed by Jason Matkin…….

Please know that if you are in a state of depression, if the pain is just too much to bare anymore, YOU matter!  YOU are special, unique and LOVED! ♥

Please reach out for help one last time……if you don’t many hearts will be broken.

I know this because I lost my son May 25th 2005 and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t hurt deeply because he is gone.  My life will never be the same without him.  I am NOT better off without him! ♥

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The Warren Family speaks about “Suicide” on The View

I had the pleasure to attend the “Mental Health” Gathering at Saddleback Church in Orange County in March.  Pastor Rick Warren and many others gathered to learn and share about many different areas of mental illness.Mental Gathering at Saddleback Church  It was an amazing day filled with speakers, as well as a time to remember our loved ones lost to suicide as well.Saddleback Church

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Today The Warren Family spoke about the suicide of their son Matthew…..check it out♥

Suicide is linked to mental illness, and it is just that, “an illness”. Many people feel disgraced if this is in their family and we need to stop that type of thinking. If your brain is ill, it is usually short circuiting, and we should not treat them as if they have the “plague”!

I understand that many people shy away from it because they just don’t understand it, or they just are not sure what to do. But we need to talk about it, we need to open up the dialogue with our children and our entire families! Talking to someone about suicide does not cause them to commit suicide. However, on the other hand, if we ignore somebody because we know they are struggling, we won’t have the chance to try and save them.

Help me to raise awareness! We can all do it! Don’t lose a loved one of your own before you are willing to just show some kindness and let them know they matter!

Thank you ♥
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My son Clifford E. Widmer, III who died on 5/25/05

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