Group that lost loved ones to suicide brings new life through tree

An organization that provides support to people who have lost a loved one to suicide held a ribbon cutting Friday for a tree they planted at Harker Heights Community Park.

The group, Hope Happens, said the tree reminds members of their personal strength in overcoming the tragedies that impacted their lives.

"It brings hope," Hope Happens Co-founder Janet Sutton said. "It shows that there's always going to be growth and beauty out of something that's so terrible."

Sutton's fellow co-founder said the tree would stand as a visible reminder of the loved ones lost.

"To see us have a tree and dedicate it to suicide is so important because we have a symbol now that we can go and visit and think of our loved ones and have that mindfulness when needed," Co-founder Clarena Tobon said.

Hope Happens always welcomes newcomers to the group and wants members of the community suffering with depression or suicidal thoughts to know they are never alone. To learn more about Hope Happens click here.

If you or a loved one is contemplating suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255, which will connect you with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. To learn more about the lifeline, click here.

 

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