Sunday, November 23, 2008


CHARDON - Saturday, November 22nd was a day for those left behind after a tragic loss - across America, and right here in Geauga County. National Survivors of Suicide Day came into being through the efforts of Senator Harry Reid, of Nevada. Reid was moved to help create the annual remembrance after losing his own father to suicide.
In Geauga County, the day was marked by an event on the Chardon City Square that helped local residents express their own feelings about this difficult subject. A Candlelight Vigil was sponsored by Tim's House, a group founded last year by Carole Brazis.
Brazis lost her son, Tim Weed, to suicide in 2006.
This year, participants each lit a memory candle inside of the Log Cabin. Then they repeated the name of their loved one, before walking a trail around the square in silent reflection.
A somber, wintry mood present throughout the evening seemed appropriate as a backdrop for this rememberance.
Brazis observed that it was important to remember those who had been lost to suicide because their desperation represents our need as a society to do better.
"My son didn't want to die," she said.

Displayed at the Candlelight Vigil were T-shirts made by TH volunteers to express their grief at losing someone to suicide

Tim's House Director Judy Andrews at the information table

Local storyteller and performer Robin Echols Cooper played drums at the event while Victor Sparrow (right) added harmonica

Former Tim's House Director Sandy Gray with Remembrance Quilt

The Log Cabin on Chardon Square


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