Losing a loved one can be traumatic and life-altering. That loss can leave you with questions, doubts about your faith or your own existence, especially if that loss is the result of suicide. It can leave you feeling helpless and lost.
But in this case, it inspired a sense of purpose, a reason for being, a mission to offer compassion, empathy and a hand to those left behind at a time when support is needed most.
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