Nathalie Evans, chairwoman of the planning committee for the Suicide Survivors Remembrance Ceremony, holds a photo of her daughter Wendy, who she lost to suicide in 2005.
continued “I was left in a mental, emotional, financial ruin,” said Beuth-Schilling. “This group welcomed me with open arms. Everyone was caring and kind and offered help and opinions. They gave me a lot of encouragement and strength to go on for the year and I’ve come a long way with this group.”
She was able to complete beauty school and is at the tail end of completing her bachelor’s degree in social work. Soon, she’ll start working toward her master’s.
“In 2007, I never thought it would be possible but anything’s possible. Sometimes when you go through a tragedy it takes something like this to open your heart for that forgiveness to the person who did this,” said Beuth-Schilling. “When your heart is open to that forgiveness the world looks different.”
She said anyone affected by a suicide should attend the ceremony to see what it’s all about. Because like her own story shows, survivors might never find healing unless they open themselves up to it.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to share their story, a great opportunity for people to heal. Even if people lost someone to suicide and don’t want to share their story, it’s just a safe place everyone can come together, know you’re not only and not the only person who has gone through a suicide because you feel like you are,” said Beuth-Schilling. “(We) remember the good things about our loved ones.”
Anyone interested in being part of the memorial book and video can call Family and Children’s Service of the Capital Region at 462-6531 or Evans at 813-4346 by April 20.
The Suicide Survivors Remembrance Ceremony is May 6 at the Carondelet Hospitality Center of St. Joesph’s Provincial House at 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road in Latham.