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Her sister, Emma, was born just a year after Ashley. They were especially close and share a special bond as each other’s rock wherever they landed. Being in the military is hard when you have to leave friends behind, but Ashley and Emma remained best friends and we often said they were lucky because they could take their best friend with them wherever we would move. As part of a military family, Ashley traveled to several countries and made close friends around the world who remained very dear to her even after years of separation. She lived in Arizona, New York, Georgia, Colorado, and Germany. Some of her favorite places to visit were Paris, London, Croatia and the Canary Islands.
Please enjoy this sweet tribute to Ashley’s life with those her loved her most.
Recent Speaking Events
In August, Brady and I had the opportunity to speak with teens who work in their schools as peer mentors. We share Ashley’s story in the hope that they will be able to identify teens in their schools who may need extra support. These students work with their administrators to create change in their schools. #bethe1to #bekind #bethchange
Given to the FHS Class of 2019 Every other summer, my family vacations on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. On the island is an ancient redwood forest called Cathedral Grove. For those not familiar with these giant trees, I want to quickly share some...
Unsung Heroes As I reflect on the last five years, I cannot ignore the impact of some very special people that came into our lives immediately following Ashley’s death- each one was an unsung hero. They entered a very traumatic and unfamiliar situation without...
The Importance of Support Systems
I identified five KEY support categories- mental and physical health, personal, social networks, community, and the CIRCLE of TRUST. The CIRCLE of TRUST is the most important.
Grief and the Real Self
There is a quote from a popular young adult book, “Grief does not change you. […] It reveals you.”* Each one of us who intimately knew Ashley, has been significantly impacted by her death. As I reflect on the past 20 months, I begin to see the shift in each of our...
In Her Name, We Stand For Change
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Ashley’s Art Gallery
Her art inspired us then and we cherish it now. We are honored to share it with you.