Please use this blog to help us remember Joshua Lee Anderson, who made the tragic and fatal decision to take his life on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Please post any memories or thoughts you may have in the comments.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

4 Years and 5 Months: Grief IV

I wrote this poem after being in the hospital due to a recent medical issue.  One of the first things that happened in the emergency room was hooking me up to an IV (intravenous therapy).

Grief IV
by Sue Anderson

I am eternally hooked to an IV
     a grief IV - one 'specially made
for mothers like me
    whose child is gone
never to return.

No tousled hair to rub
     no warm body to wake
No "hey Mom, what's for dinner?"
     no parental exhortations.

Instead, an empty chair
     a vacant place in photos
A weekly visit to his park
     quiet and still; a peaceful resting place.

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Josh Anderson Foundation: Working to Stop Teenage Suicide

The mission of the Josh Anderson Foundation (JAF) is simple - to provide young adults with the mental health education, resources and support so that they will never turn to suicide.

Due to Lauren's efforts, much has been accomplished over the past 18 months.  In fact, JAF is featured in the August 2013 episode of SAMHSA's Road to Recovery television series entitled "Young Adults in Recovery: Meeting the Needs of the "Millennial Generation""

SAMHSA stands for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Click here for the JAF segment.