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Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts….do you have them?

Having suicidal thoughts does not mean you are suicidal.

Watch this video from “Mental Health on the Mighty

Maybe you can relate to some of these thoughts?

I am listening! I love you!

Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom ♥

559-634-0078

CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

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International Bereaved Mother’s Day 2018

1st Annual Moms Retreat to be held on International Bereaved Mothers Day

I am pleased to announce that our very first “Survivor Moms” Retreat will be held on Saturday/Sunday May 5/6 2018.

This has been a goal of mine, having a retreat, for a few years now. I just learned of this new “International Bereaved Mother’s Day” this year. It is a perfect time to lift up and strengthen both my Survivor Moms, and all Moms who have lost a child.

Since it is one week to the day prior to Mother’s Day, this is a way to celebrate without feeling so sad, and fill ourselves with the love and peace that only another Mom could understand.

I will be raising money to keep the costs down and also provide scholarships to those who cannot afford to pay to come.

All moms who want to attend will be welcomed with open arms

I love all of you Moms out there, and we will celebrate our children together next year, in a safe place. And we will love each other and remember together.

Love to all of you Moms out there!

Mark your calendars now!

Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom ♥

559-634-0078

CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

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2016 Candle Lighting Ceremony ~ CompassionateFriends.org

Cliff’s Story and Cliff’s Mom, Priscilla will be providing an online candle lighting ceremony on December 11th in conjunction with CompassionateFriends.org.  This will be our 6th year providing this, we love to share this with all of you, and we send you all of our love during this very difficult time of the year to you and your families.

Here is some information from CompassionateFriends.org in case you have never heard about this event.

“The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 20th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. TCF’s WWCL started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

The Compassionate Friends and allied organizations are joined by local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes, hospitals, hospices, children’s gardens, schools, cemeteries, and community centers. Services have ranged in size from just a few people to nearly a thousand.”

We know your pain of grieving the loss of your child, and hope this will help you, even if just for a few moments.  Light a candle in memory of your child, and don’t hesitate to comment on this blog post about your child, post a photo, and don’t forget to say a few word’s in the remembrance book.  I will post a link to the remembrance book once it is available which will be on December 11th.  So be sure to come back to this post and share.

Click here to leave a message regarding your child.  This is the Worldwide Remembrance Wall at CompassionateFriends.org ====>  ****UPDATED 12-11-2016 REMEMBRANCE WALL***

If you are reading this post and are fortunate enough to not have lost a child, please consider sharing this post on every social media site you are a part of.  There are many parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncle, grandparents who just might need something like this to help them through the holidays.

I will be going LIVE at approximately 6:45pm to share my story, and encourage you to comment on the LIVE event as well.  I know you never want your child to be forgotten, as I feel the very same thing.

LIVE link:====>   http://CliffsStory.info  This will be active at approximately 6:45 pm pst on December 11th.  At 7pm we will light our candles in memory of our children who were lost way too soon, and you will then be directed to an online program as we keep our candles lit for one hour.

In this program, we share photos of all of the children whose photos have been sent to us over the years, and this year we have asked that you record a live video of a poem reading and share about your child as well.

Please tag Cliff’s Mom, Priscilla at http://www.facebook.com/cillasfbpage so she can include your video clip in the presentation.  These will need to be submitted no later than Tuesday December 6th.  If you miss that day, please reach out and let’s see if we can still get it into the program

Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have, our contact information is below.

And remember, please SHARE this everywhere!

Cliff’s Mom, Priscilla

559-634-0078

CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

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Thanksgiving Morning with Cliff’s Mom 2016

autumn-1756230_1920I will again be hosting a call/meeting  on Thanksgiving Morning at 8am PST

Here is the link to the meeting;   https://zoom.us/j/7044418352

See instructions below:

Priscilla L Brooks is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/7044418352

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +14086380968,7044418352# or +16465588656,7044418352#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 704 441 8352
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=T8_YIZ7z9AVvFwaJlf0jz0NUI2e7qf_1

Please be sure to test on your device prior to this time just in case you need to download an application or software.  I wouldn’t want you to miss anything.

For several years now I have had a call on Thanksgiving morning for all of you mom’s out there missing a child.  Thanksgiving also sort of kicks off the holiday season, and this is a very tough time of year.

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Much love! ♥

Cliff’s Mom, Priscilla ♥

Cliffsstory.com@gmail.com

559-634-0078

***Here is the replay of “Thanksgiving Morning with Cliff’s Mom 2016”

 

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2015 Candle Lighting Ceremony in Memory of our Children

Updated 12-13-2015

Be sure to go to the Remembrance Book here===> Compassionate Friends and say a few words about your child.

Video presentation will be added below at approximately 2pm pst

Sorry folks…..you will need to click on this link to access the video….we were blocked by someone on You Tube

Click Here ====> 2015 Candle Lighting Ceremony

If you would like to join me live at 6:30 pst and say a few words about your child, please send me an email at CliffsStory.com@gmail.com  I will need to send you an invitation for you to be able to participate in the conversation.  If you would just like to watch live, go to http://CliffsStory.org at 6:30 pm pst

Bless you all

Cliff’s Mom ~ Priscilla

****ONLINE CEREMONY ONLY****

This will be our 5th year providing an online ceremony in conjunction with CompassionateFriends.org.  The 2015 Candle Lighting Ceremony is in Memory of our Children we have lost.  This is not specific to suicide, it is merely the loss of our children…no matter the cause.

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Thanksgiving Morning with Cliff’s Mom 2015

 

 

If you have lost a child, a child of any age, under any circumstances, then you know the pain that is felt on a daily basis.Mom and Cliff in PA

People sometimes don’t quite understand that this pain, while it becomes manageable at some point, still is a struggle on a daily basis, and even more during the holidays.

Mom and Cliff at the LA ZooSome Holidays are harder than others for me, but can be very different for others. You see, our pain, our grief, our journey while very similiar, they are also very different and unique.

I started doing this call several years ago, and it is quite amazing to Cliff and his surf boardme, but it seems like I always skip a year in between. I don’t consciously do this, so I am not sure why. But I guess that when the Universe needs me, I step up and make it happen. I also think that perhaps it is because I have gotten to a somewhat peaceful place surrounding my sons death. One where I am now able to reach out more completely to others who are raw in the grief of their child. I naturally gravitate towards the Moms…we share a unique bond with our children and can relate to one another.

Cliff-and-Zach-cropped.jpgSo, if you would like to join me on Thanksgiving Morning, sign up below and I will add you to the list of participants. This is not a public link, I keep it very safe for everyone. However, that being said, please know that there are many moms out there that are still not comfortable being somewhere public, even if it is online. So the live hangout will be streaming at http://CliffsStory.org the morning of the live hangout. So, if you are uncomfortable with that, I completely understand. I just want Candle Lighting Ceremony-CliffsStory.com  Cliffordeveryone to understand how much you mean to me, your pain is very similiar to my pain, and I just continue to reach everyone, even if I am unaware you are watching. I sometimes don’t even know you, or even if anyone else participated, and that is okay.

I reach out to others which also helps me with my pain as well

Lynette and PriscillaPriscilla L Brooks, Cliff’s Mom

Click Here to watch the previous Hangout

World Suicide Prevention Week/Day September 10, 2015

As we approach “World Suicide Prevention” Week, we will light a candle at 8pm on September 10, 2015 in remembrance of our loved ones who have left us.

May was “Mental Health Awareness” month, Mother’s Day, the 10 year celebration of losing my son Cliff, and the loss of 10 day old Makayla Grace the very next day ♥

May 2015 just about did me in.  But we had our 4th Annual “Suicide Prevention/Awareness Walk scheduled along with our “Open House Celebration” for Cliff’s Story, Inc. scheduled for June 6th, and nothing would stop this from happening.

I am here on this earth for a very specific reason, and that is to spread the word of “Suicide Prevention”.  My very own son was sacrificed so that others could live♥

Please watch this video I made from the photos/video from our event at “Cliff’s Story”.  And share with everyone you know….it is sometimes easier to share a video than it is to speak.  Who do you know that is suffering in silence?  You may never know…..SHARE the Video ♥

Priscilla L Brooks, Cliff’s Mom ♥
CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

As we kick off the month of May…..it is a busy and very sad month indeed.

Mother’s Day is upon us…..the saddest day of the year for me♥

Annual Candlelight Ceremony May 7th  @ Hope Lutheran Church

My first major Speaking engagement in front of a bunch of folks in Selma, CA on May 15th

The Anniversary of my son’s death…..May 25th.  This year will mark 10 years since he took his life.

30th Anniversary for the Fresno Survivor of Suicide Loss Non-Profit with Eric Hipple as our keynote speaker, and Liz Harrison as our MC

Very busy month indeed….perhaps that is how I will get through May this year better than the past 9 of them after Cliff’s death…..

Sooo, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I attended a Youth Forum in Clovis, CA sponsored by the Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss yesterday May 2nd.

There were 23 youngsters who reached out for help and they were given support and resources!  Such a blessing♥

Our keynote speaker was the one and only “Kevin Hines05-02-15  kevin speaking If you do not know him, you need to get to know him!  He is an amazing human being, and his story will absolutely touch you deeply!♥

I was fortunate to meet Stan Collins with Directing Change.  He too has a story…one of struggles but he now shares his stories with youth so they can learn to know how to help others who may have thoughts of suicide. Stan at Youth Forum 5-2-2015 He showed several videos of California students who have entered an annual contest over the years, and one boy who placed in this years contest from Kingsburg, CA  I will be reaching out to our youth here in Fresno County CA and specifically the South County so we can have more entries next year!  Let’s find the talented, and gifted students in our very own back yard and represent the “559” well!  Such an amazing cause and such talent!♥

Get involved, spread the word!  If you don’t know how to talk to someone with thoughts of suicide, reach out to me and I will get you training on the subject.  It isn’t hard….it is actually very simple, and it just may save someones life!♥

Join us June 6th at the 4th Annual Suicide Prevention Walk/Open House in Reedley, CA ♥

Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom♥

CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

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

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