D Paul Dye
Today 02-06-2019 marks 11 months since our lives were forever changed. On 03-06-2019 I lost one of my best friends, my son. My sons are best friends sent to me by God. It’s been an up and down struggle since he left us. I never thought of it at the time, and I was probably just in shock, but watching it now, it is a blessing I am glad I did myself, was my sons video at his memorial of life that I somehow made.
People often wonder why we “care so much”, “post so much”, “want change so much” - because they aren’t touched by the devastation that suicide causes in their own lives. We hope that they never feel our pain, never know suicide. That’s our why. It’s also because of this story, and the other story every 40 seconds.
It is because we would never wish on anyone to have to endure the pain and ache that we have as a family and so many others that are a part of "our club" have to now live with.
We have started our healing with the support of our sons, family, friends, and community. We were called by a group of students in Sidney. We met with them during one of their classes about suicide prevention. We then a week later spent a day with them. My wife wrote the following.
We had the privilege of traveling to Kearney yesterday with the Sidney High School Human Development class (Raiders Reaching Out). They have been working on learning more about suicide prevention. We spent the day touring Region 3 Behavioral Health Services and heard from members of the Central Nebraska LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) team and Dr. Richard Young hospital. We also spent time at Kearney High School where they were able to talk to members of a panel affected by suicide and learn what the high school has in place for students who are struggling or thinking suicidal thoughts. We finished the day at UNK viewing the movie The S-word. We would like to start off with thanking Ashlee Ringelman for inviting us to visit with your class. Also thank you Brett Avila and his class for inviting us to go with you on this trip and for choosing suicide prevention as your initative. We came away with a lot of insight and hope to use it to help others. Even though it was a very emotional day we enjoyed it. You are a very caring wonderful group of students! From the bottom of our hearts the entire family of Davis Jordan Dye, thanks you!! #teamdavis
As hard and sad as some days it is to always have you on my mind, I never want to lose any piece of that.
Forever in my heart son.