Families left behind by loved ones who took their own lives, sought to remember them and help others deal with the tragedy of suicide.
At a ceremony organized by “Hearts Worth Healing,” family members took a few minutes to come together share memories and “Light the Lake” at the Zion Christian Retreat & Nature Center near Flushing.
As dusk, survivors lit candles in remembrance of their loved ones and floated them on the lake. The group’s founder explains how she realized this need in our area.
“I was driving to Pittsburgh, because there was nothing here, and being that I lost my insurance ,like a lot of widows do, I needed the support,” Theresa Gray said. “I would drive all the way to Pittsburgh, so I wanted to start something here for people like me who didn’t have the means, or the ability to get to Pittsburgh, but also needed the support.”
Gray added that “Hearts Worth Healing” serves seven counties and holds meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at “The Experience” church in Bridgeport, Ohio.