On October 5, 2005, I left Cleveland, Ohio to start a new life with my soon-to-be husband, Dan, in Western New York. Moving from a city to a rural area was a big change, and it took some time to adjust. As you can imagine, life in the country is simpler and a bit slower than city living.
On Friday October 7, 2007, I became a single mother to my 18-month-old daughter, Laken, and a widow. My husband, Dan, had died by suicide. Life as I knew it had changed forever.
Following Dan's death, I was in a fog for approximately 6 months, just going through the motions to survive. I do not have many memories of that time. In November, I reached out to a local agency that specialized in grief counseling. The holidays were coming up, and I had no clue how I would navigate them. I was so nervous driving there. As soon as I walked into the room, I broke down in tears. I spoke to the counselor, I am not sure for how long, but I remember his words before I left: “Well, you are a strong … [Read more...] about Carri’s Story by Carri Raynor
by Carri Raynor