Today 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! ♥
SAVE a Life Today ♥
Please Reach Out Today! Show Love Today in memory of my sweet Cliff♥
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. It was an amazing day filled with speakers, as well as a time to remember our loved ones lost to suicide as well.
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 ♥
Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom
*If you missed the event in March at Saddleback Church and would like to watch the videos ====> Click Here
At 7pm your local time, please light a candle in remembrance of your child to whom you have lost to death way to early. This special day began in 1997 by the organization CompassionateFriends.org We will begin our program below once you have lit your candle and go until 8pm. This starts in New Zealand I believe and goes across the globe worldwide. What a special way to remember our children. I began this new tradition last year and will continue on every year until I breath no longer.
Welcome from Cliff’s Mom Priscilla 🙂
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12-9-12 Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony is an annual event that was started in 1997 by Compassionatefriends.org. You can go to their website and read all about it.
Last year was our 1st Annual Event and we are going to do it again!
You can join us live in Reedley, CA at Kelly’s Beach located at 9200 Kings River Road at Manning Avenue, on December 9th.
Registration starts at 6pm Ceremony begins at 6:30 And, we will start lighting candles for our children who have died at 7 pm and let them burn for an hour while we proceed with appropriate music, videos and sharing about our loved ones.
Please remember to bring an ornament to place on a Christmas tree that will be displayed the entire month of December at Kelly’s Beach. Also, bring a photo that will be displayed on a remembrance table during the ceremony.
Coffee, Hot Chocolate and cookies will be served. Please dress warm as this event is held outdoors.
Anyone who makes a donation this year will receive this TCF “Forever in my Heart” wristband.
For those of you who are either not in our area, or are just not ready to express your feelings in public, please come back to CliffsStory.com on December 9th at 7pm in your time zone. I will again be posting an online ceremony you can experience at home.
Thank you to everyone who has donated time, money, food, etc. It means the world to me! <3
11-17-12 International Survivor of Suicide Loss Day
I just got done watching a Support Webinar, check it out “here”
As the Holiday season begins, we tend to get a bit sad. Even though we don’t do this consciously, it happens every year. When will I get over it? Never!
I have gotten to a place in my life where I am functioning at a much higher capacity, but I will never be the same. The loss of a child cannot be completely healed. I will forever carry this burden with me. There simply isn’t a way to “Get over It”.
I am very grateful to be where I am at today, and I think I have learned how to better manage my grief. So, please don’t feel sorry for me, but instead be happy for me. I am very happy for myself!
Today, May 25th 2012 marks the 7 year anniversary of losing my son Cliff to Suicide. I will be walking in San Francisco on June 9th dusk to dawn….please take a moment to watch this short video as I share this day with you!
My husband and I will be walking in memory of my son Clifford E. Widmer, III We both need to raise a minimum of $1,000 I went to the team site and see that many teams have raised Huge amounts of money. This is our first year, so I am not going to dwell on the fact that we have not raised a ton of money, instead i will embrace the journey and reflection on my sons life as we raise awareness of suicide prevention.
Please visit our donation page and consider making a donation! Next year I hope to have our non-profit in place and will raise much more money for the cause.
Now they are speaking about families that have split up here, but this pertains to those who have lost loved ones to death as well. Often times there are children left as well. Keep this in mind, and try to make a new tradition that will not make it so hard on you because your loved one is not there.
Join me this evening on my weekly call as we talk a bit about the holidays, and perhaps how we can make new traditions that will help us get through the holidays. Also, I have some sources for discounted drugs, drug cards, and in some cases programs for free drugs.
Call in information: 559-546-1200 Meeting ID# 440-924-308# Promptly at 7pm PST
You are welcome to call in and discuss this with me, or just share about your loved one, and maybe even a suggestion on how you will start a new tradition this year!
I look forward to hearing from you all tonight!
Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom
My son Clifford E. Widmer, III who died on 5/25/05