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2015 Candle Lighting Ceremony in Memory of our Children

This will be our 5th year hosting in conjunction with CompassionateFriends.org the 2015 Candle Lighting Ceremony 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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Cliff’s Story, Inc.

Date & Time: December 13, 2015 – 6:30 PM

Location: 1763 11th Street, Reedley, CA

Highlights: Christmas ornament making, reading of poems.

Bring: Picture of your child and their favorite dessert.

Special Events (before): Christmas ornament making.

Special Events (after): Dessert, coffee, hot chocolate, and sharing.

Contact: Priscilla Brooks

Telephone: 559-970-6349 Email: CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

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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 ♥


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♥


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Way to go Mark Henick

Mark HenickWe need to talk about Suicide…..thank you Mark Henick for doing just that.

We are all blessed by you, and you will continue to bless others for many years to come.  You may not know who they are, but you will make a difference in there lives all the same.

Take a moment to hear Mark’s message……


Please share this post…..you may have someone in your life suffering and you don’t even know it.

Let’s keep the conversation going and make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling.

May you all be blessed ♥

Priscilla L. Brooks, Cliff’s Mom ♥

Rest in Peace Chazz Petrella ♥

Chazz Petrella 1I just watched the documentary about R.I.P Chazz Petrella I too lost my son to suicide, but he was 27. It breaks my…

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This is the story of Chazz Petrella…..

Please take 45 minutes out of your life to watch.

Chazz Petrella, we will find a way to help children like yourself to get the help they need.  I am sick of it always being about the money….I will find a way to make this happen in your memory just as I am for my son Cliff ♥

Priscilla L. Brooks, Cliff’s Mom ♥


2015 World BiPolar Day ~ Bless you Kevin Hines ♥



Kevin Hines……if you don’t know him, or don’t know his story, you need to!

I was blessed to hear Kevin speak at Fresno State last year, and will hear him again this year at the 2015 Youth Forum held by the Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss organization.

Take a look at this beautiful video Kevin shared with us…..

WORLD BIPOLAR DAY 2015* from Kevin Hines on Vimeo.

Thank you Kevin…..see you in May.

May God bless you beyond measure ♥

Priscilla L. Brooks, Cliff’s Mom ♥

Click Here ====> 4th Annual Reedley Suicide Prevention Awareness Walk

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♥



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

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