Cliff Backmann was murdered in cold blood in 2009 for his wallet. When a backlog of cold cases stood in the way of solving his dad’s case, Ryan Backmann harnessed the power of social media to help tackle crime and solve cold cases around the country. Watch his story.
I was asked today how I wake up every morning with hope in my heart. I paused for a moment, searching for words, and then it came:
I fought for it.
One morning after our daughter Aly died, I was laying in bed when I realized that grief had stolen the technicolor from my world, robbing me of the ability to appreciate much of anything. Still in my forties, I had a choice to make: either find a way to begin living or live my remaining years robbed of all joy. Because hope and happiness are intertwined like peanut butter and jelly, in order to restore happiness, I had to find hope.
From that moment forward, I made the effort to appreciate life’s beauty. Although not every day is beautiful, there is beauty in every day if you look for it. At first it was very, very hard to allow my heart to see or feel anything besides the deep anguish of loss, but determined, I forged on. I fought hard. It took time. Patience. And great effort. But it paid off.
My world filled with hope, beauty, and gratitude.
There are no good analogies when it comes to grief, but if you’re lost in the middle of nowhere, you can wait for help or start walking toward civilization. It’s okay to cry along the way and rest when you need to, but keep walking.
Keep fighting. Hope and happiness are on the horizon. And they’re both worth fighting for.
When Alan Pedersen’s only daughter, 18-year-old Ashley, died in a car accident nearly 17 years ago, Alan wasn’t sure he could survive. Today he spreads love from coast to coast in his Angels Across the USA van. Watch his story. #grief#hope#Angels
Suicide isn’t limited to mental illness or teen angst. Statistics show that 20% of suicides are linked to work, and the number of suicides that occur while on the job are rising at an alarming rate. Award-winning psychologist and White House speaker Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas tells why.