Behind The Curtain: How We Survive

Soon after Chris died, I knew I wanted to do “something” to honour Chris’s memory and bring attention to mental health.  I became aware that there wasn’t open, candid conversation after losing a child or anyone to suicide.  This was the beginning of the idea of the video, Behind the Curtain – How we Survive with my friend, Nancy Hiron.

We were searching for resources that we could point people to so that they could “get us” We decided to go to a movie called the Rabbit Hole. This is a movie where a family loses their son in a car accident. We thought there might be similarities to what we were going through and that we could direct people to this movie so they could understand our deepest thoughts and inside desperation. We didn’t care for the movie, it did not reflect what we were feeling. We went back to Nancy’s home and sat and discussed the film in length and what we would have preferred to view that evening. We had very candid conversation, our deepest, inside thoughts that no one else would understand or know, only us, the two moms that had lost their children in such a devastating way. That moment, as Oprah would say, was a light bulb moment. This conversation was the movie that we were looking for. We were excited, this was our project, our legacy for our children and how we could help others.

This project was completed a couple of years ago. Since then, the CMHA has decided to launch the video and we wanted to update it so others could see our growth, we had to give a message of hope. We wanted to show how far we have come.

We are very proud of our video and hope that it is instrumental in giving hope to survivors, along with professionals, families, etc., to understand the journey one takes after losing a loved one to suicide.

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