September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Read and share stories to honor survivors whose loved ones died by gun suicide.

total hearts received for Moments That Survive

Deborah Sodd Brady

In memory of Delphine Sodd

February 8, 1982, happily and newly remarried, I left my home and moved 600 miles away. My mom and dad were happy for me. My mom had been ill, but she seemed better. On Valentine’s I got a lovely card from my parents, and I spoke with them on the phone. On February 16, at 11:00 a.m., I got a call from my ex-MIL. She said my mom was dead. Early that morning, she had shot herself at home. She didn’t survive surgery. My new husband and I flew back. It was the most horrible experience. I blamed myself for many years. Would she have done that if I had been home? Where did she get the gun? The guilt and embarrassment has followed me.

Reacting shows support for gun violence survivors.