Dear Friends,

As you may know, our son Keith Loehr died by suicide in 1999. Since then, Carol has created and maintained a website to help those who have suffered a loss by suicide and to help counselors and clergy better understand depression and suicide.

Carol has just recently published “My Uncle Keith Died” which is a children’s book to help families and children understand depression and understand the importance of talking about their feelings and getting help for people (especially children) who are depressed. Unfortunately, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA among adolescents and young adults (source: “FamilyFirstAid”). Events precipitating depression can occur at an early age.

Our hope is that the book can be an educational tool and our greatest hope is that it helps prevents a tragedy from occurring in another family. The books message is that we need to get help for those who are suffering from depression.

Here is link to the article which appears in the “Life” section of the November 27th edition of Florida Today. I have also included a link to Carol’s website, “The Gift of Keith”

Dick Loehr

Life (link to article)

The Gift of Keith (link to website)

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Carol Loehr

Carol Loehr is the author of My Uncle Keith Died (Trafford), which addresses children’s questions about suicide and depression. Carol’s only son, Keith Loehr, died at the age of 29 by suicide in 1999. Carol has been an elementary and special-education teacher. She created and continues to maintain www.TheGiftofKeith.org, a web site to help comfort and educate survivors of suicide, as well as clergy, health care professionals, and counselors. Carol appeared on the radio show “Healing the Grieving Heart” discussing “Honoring a Child Who Died By Suicide.” To hear Carol being interviewed on this show by Dr. Gloria & Dr. Heidi Horsley, click on the following link: www.voiceamericapd.com/health/010157/horsley100605.mp3

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