Today is Saturday. Today, I had the privilege of attending a remembrance celebration of a young woman’s life. Like Chelsea Manning, she tried to commit suicide and in her case, she sadly succeeded. She had mental health issues and no insurance to afford the medication she needed to regulate her bipolar condition.
Today, Paul and I joined a large group of family and friends out in the middle of nowhere. It was almost like Deliverance in terms of it being out in the boonies. But, the people are humble and real and good hearted.
We ate channel catfish and barbecued chicken as the sun went down over the Wabash River. In a few minutes family members and good friends of the deceased young woman would send off purple balloons tied with glow sticks and laminated cards showing her picture with the hotline number for suicide prevention.
Today, it was a poignant and lovely way of remembering and celebrating her life as those who knew her deal with the tragedy and sadness of her loss. I had the chance to sit across from her father and watch the tears fill his eyes as he looked out across the river. He was touched by the amount of people who had turned out for this event.
Rest in peace Mandy. You were loved by so many and there will be a big hole in the this part of the world because you are gone. I wanted to do something special for her parents as a memory gift: