Sept. 30, 99 - Patty says...
"...I am so sorry about the death of your
son. I also have lost a son. No, not the same way you did but I feel your
pain deeply. When my son died, I did not know enough to look for people
to talk to that had also lost a child. I wish I had..."
Sept. 26, 99 - Jessica says...
"Hi, my name is Jessica, I'm 15 years old and
I'm doing a research paper in school about teens and their suicide attempts and
I just wanted you to know that I know how you feel about loosing someone so very close
to you because I lost a really good friend of mine that way. I just want you to know
that I'm really sorry about your boy's death and that I know that by you putting this out
on the net it will help others cause I know that it did me."
Sept. 26, 99 - Jesse says...
"Hello Jared's mom. I'm sorry about Jared,
when I heard about it I went ballistic. I was yelling no over and over. A few minutes later
I said that he always made me laugh a lot he was a kidder that one. Well I'm sorry about
Jared but his spirit will live on and on. One time this old man said when my grandfather
died he said God took him from this world to be with Him and fight the constant
war between God and the devil. I thought that he was nuts, but after a year or two
I started to understand what he meant. So I guess that's supposed to bring you some happiness,
but remember God is watching over him at all times."
Sept. 25, 99 - Jennifer says...
"I live in Wales, UK... I am very touched by
your story. ...I want to thank you for your memories of your special son.
I know with all my heart, he is close to you, and you will all be together
again one day. I hope you will continue being a strong person, from your
strength others will grow. (on Sept. 28, 99) ...I am sure your web
page is a comfort to a lot of people. I think a lot of people do not understand
about suicide. I think I gained some understanding from your web page,
and I was happy to learn that we don't get judged on our acts at the time
of suicide, as I suppose I was thinking at one stage. People must be so
unhappy at the time of suicide, or maybe just ill. It is a sad fact of
life, be we can't always be there for everyone. My great granddad, committed
suicide. My mum found him when she was a school girl, she said she
didn't know anything was bothering him at the time. Who knows what makes
people do these things. I hope we can all have compassion one with
Sept. 23, 99 - a friend from school says...
"Thank you for this site! A Friend of mine gave me the site address.
Jared was a good friend of mine, and now that today is his birthday
I really think about the good times we had, he always made me laugh. And
when I was down he cheered me up. He was a good friend and I knew I could
always count on him. ...I'm very sad that he is gone, we all are, but I
just remember the good times. (on Sept. 24, 99) ...I like the idea, National
Eat Worm's in Dirt Cake Day. I'm happy that you and your friends, and family
still had fun yesterday. That's cool, make a cake and still celebrated
(note: on Jared's birthday we had dirt cake and declared September
23rd "National Eat Worm's in Dirt Cake Day" in remembrance of Jared
Sept. 22, 99 - Kathy says...
"I looked up your site and was very touched
by it. I have a neighbor that just lost a child and another friend that
lost her husband. I am giving them your site information. It is a beautiful
thing you have done... Thank you again for your work of love, I will give
your site to others."
Sept. 20, 99 - SC says...
"I wanted to tell you thank you for sharing
your son with all of us. I lost my father to suicide almost two years ago
and I found answers to some of my questions in your words. I know we will
all have a chance to see our loved ones again. My faith in loving Heavenly
Father is strong, but no one ever expressed to me what you shared in your
article "Where do those who commit suicide go?" It brought a strength into
my life and tears to my eyes. Thank you! May God bless you and your family
and may you always know that "families are forever"."
Sept. 16, 99 - Chris says...
"Hi there, I just happened across your article
through an email link from mormontown. I was deeply touched by your
statements and the article (Where do those who commit suicide go?) and
stopped to offer a short prayer in behalf of you and your family, all of
them. I am sorry for your loss and look forward to the time when you and
all of us on earth can return to He who dries all tears and loves us without
condition. May God bless you with his choicest blessings."
Sept. 15, 99 - Shelly says...
"I just read the article in Mormontown newsletter
about suicide, ("Where do those who commit suicide go?). Then I had to
know more about your little boy. How wonderful to remember him this way.
You really "have" a great kid! What a blessing to have had him in your
life! God bless you, I bet Jared is proud of you for your efforts to help
others! Thanks for answering lots of questions!"
Sept. 7, 99 - Susan says...
"Just visited your website and can tell you
put a lot of love into creating it. I dealt with my own grief over the
loss of my parents (within a year of each other), by writing stories of
Sept. 6, 99 - Steve says...
"Jared was a close friend. One thing I do remember
most about him, is his never giving up attitude, and how he arm wrestled
all the kids at school. He had a lot of fun, and we had a lot of
fun with him."
August 30, 99 - a former classmate says...
"Thank you for putting this page up. I went
to school with Jared, Hanford, and was in one class (band) with him.
In the time I got to know him he was AWESOME. And I wanted to tell you thank you for putting up
August 23, 99 - Jamie says...
"I'm very sorry for your loss. I lost my father to suicide
on June 22nd of this year. I know what a traumatic shock a loss to
suicide is. It's such a shame. I try to make myself feel better
by remembering all of the wonderful times that I had w/my father and that
he's in a better place now, where he so desperately wanted to be. Us left
behind need to be strong and have great faith in the Lord."
August 20, 99 - Darlene says...
"Here I am just cruising around. A friend of
mine has expressed a desire to do a memorial for her long departed Dad,
...he committed suicide back in 1973. He was a wonderful guy... I happened
across your Jared's memorial and was brought to both laughter and tears.
Jared was very special, wasn't he? I just lost my mom and had a memorial
done for her. Yours is spectacular to say the least! All the help you are
offering to others is wonderful. I know how that helps you as well... My
mom died of Brain Cancer..."
August 6, 99 - Carol says...
"Just took a quick peek at your page, haven't
looked at all the links. What a beautiful child, this is truly tragic.
I like the site..."
August 6, 99 - J says...
"Thank you for your site... you are an amazing
person to do that... to put that up for other people to see. You don't
even know how much it just helped me. I'm sorry for your loss... but from
your loss, you're saving a lot of lives. Thank you for saving mine."