Why #flowersforash?

One day Ashley saw a girl sitting alone at a lunch table. She went and sat down to talk to her, and found out that she had recently become pregnant. Ashley was concerned that this girl’s friends had abandoned her and sat through the whole lunch with her talking. We...

Donate

USD We have had several people ask how they can donate to our foundation. When Ashley passed away, we immediately set up an account for donations to the scholarship in her name. It is a perpetual scholarship fund and is currently funded for nearly 15 years! We would...

February 4, 1999

Four years ago, I wrote Ashley a letter. She was facing major difficulties in overcoming her trauma. As a parent, it was so hard watching my daughter question her value as a young woman. Here is that letter: Dear ASHLEY, Names are funny things. When you were born, we...

Speak their name.

There is a sense of stillness this Christmas- a quietness. There is an unspoken reality of a missing piece. When others ask how we are doing, it takes me a second to compile an appropriate answer. Honestly? It takes everything in me to refrain from saying, “How do you...

Remember Me

REMEMBER ME  (Author Unknown) To the living, I am gone. To the sorrowful, I will never return. To the angry, they were cheated.   But to the joyful, I am at peace. And to the faithful, I never left.   I cannot speak, but I can listen. I cannot be seen, but I...

I light this candle in memory of…

Brady and I heard about the memorial tree-lighting and candlelight vigil for suicide survivors from a post on FB. As we drove to the church where the vigil was held, I could feel the heaviness in my stomach. Physical responses to stress and grief are common these...