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March 13, 2014
Celia: There are no words that can express the utmost devastation I felt upon reading not only Spencer's Obit tonight, but HD's. A few years ago I tried to reach out to you and Herb in High Falls and had actually tried to book a weekend thru some site, unfortunately never receiving a response. And then life went on. For some reason this past week I was thinking about all the many important people in my life and, of course, HD came to mind, so tonight I tried again to see if you or HD had a FB account or some other way to connect and found the obits. OMG, my heart goes out to you and Taylor. I am writing this through a vale of tears and so at a loss for words. Their legacies showcased in your brilliant writing touched me profoundly and will forever be ingrained on my heart. I am far away living in Thailand near one of my sons, but if you would ever like to reach out to me, please do so b.fitzsenry@gmail.com or on Facebook under barbara.fitzsenry.9 I so hope you receive this and know you will understand what I am feeling and how sincerely I needed to let you know if I can ever help you and Taylor in any way, I would never hesitate.
August 04, 2013
thank you for your honesty.
May 11, 2013
Dear Ms. Seupel,
I just finished reading your essay published in the NY Times dated 4/10/12. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and family on the loss of a cherished son, grandson and brother. I read the beautiful web site that you created in his memory. I am so sorry for your loss; I am at a loss for words. Those whose lives were touched by Spencer were truly blessed to have known him.
April 12, 2013
Dear Ms. Seupel, A post on Onward State published on 4/12/13 brought me to this page. I am incredibly moved by your posting, and wanted to thank you for sharing Spencer's story. I am so , so sorry you lost your son. You are a remarkably strong mother and woman for writing this and sharing Spencer's story with friends, classmates and the online community. I am thinking and praying for your family, as I know that while time may ease the pain, it will never erase it. I hope peace and love are with you and your family today.
January 24, 2013
Dear Celia,

Thank you for calling attention to suicide in the USA. My father took his own life over 8 years ago, when I was a freshman in college. My method of dealing has been to just thrust this event from my mind. Recently, I have come to accept that I will never be healthy if I don't turn around and deal with some of this stuff.

My father was a joyful person, and full of love. How his delight in life turned into such a deep depression frightens me very much, especially since these 8 years have brought me no answers.

I do agree that American culture is becoming diluted with sensationalism that amounts to very little of spiritual value. I am reluctant to impose on people who don't see anything wrong with a shallow way of being, but I think I am prepared to work with people who feel similarly. And I hope to work towards being able to open up to others such that I may help them the way you have helped me.

I want to thank you for being so brave and volunteering your experience, and opening up a very personal chapter in your life to help others continue the dialogue around this sensitive phenomenon that afflicts people when they least expect it.

Because of your piece on Spencer, and the website you set up in his memory, I feel just a little bit less defensive in terms of protecting my father's dignity and the memory he left behind.

Thank you.
January 24, 2013
Dear Ms. Seupel,

Your piece on your son and mother in the Times somehow appeared in my "recommended" reading today, more than nine months after you published it. This is more than a bit strange, because a beautiful friend of mine who was also a amazing work colleague took his own life a little over a month ago, quite suddenly and unexpectedly. He was 24. Finding your piece must have been some sort of serendipity, because I haven't been able to process his death yet. Perhaps in part because it was so unexpected. It just doesn't like he could be possibly gone. I haven't even managed to cry.

After reading your beautiful piece, which led me to your poignant, heartbreaking site in memory of him, I'm crying now. Thank you.
December 09, 2012
I saw your article about losing your son and finding your mother to be a moving tribute to both of them. This led me to search for Spencer's obituary, which I have just read. You described him so well as well as reminding us that our role as adults is to lead and understand our young people, with the goal of supporting and helping them. Thank you for your words. I hope they help you process some of the pain of your very sad loss. Spencer's death is a loss to all of us.
December 07, 2012
I came across your blog and found this online obituary on Spencer. The obituary is beautiful, and Spencer sounds like an amazing person. This touched me deeply. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the spirit of Spencer's love and compassion, and yours as well, through your profound words.
October 25, 2012
Mrs. Seupel,
I am the Jenny who just sent you a message on October 23. Looking it over now, I realize that my brain was moving much faster than my fingers.
Your son's suicide is indeed a heartbreaking and cautionary tale for all of us who are blessed to have children. It is a reminder that we must love our children unconditionally and help them to see and value their inner beauty, their uniqueness.
Your heart is broken, your life will never be the same. Yet, despite this profound grief, your words are powerful and poignant.
I pray that your words will reach out and help those who so desperately need it.
God bless you and your family.
October 24, 2012
Mrs. Seupel,
I found Spencer's incredibly poignant and heartbreaking obituary online this evening. Mere words cannot adequately express the profound suffering you and your loved ones must feel about the death of your precious child.
I have children myself, and I fervently hope and pray that they will be able to appreciate and accept what makes them each so wonderfully special.
It is indeed a tragedy when we (as adults) fail to look at others mot with the eyes, but with the heart.
Your incredible honesty about who Spencer was and those devastating last all-too-sudden moments of his life are both startling and shocking.
I can only hope and pray that these final, beautiful words,written as a loving tribute to Spencer, and the comfort and lasting support of family and
friend, will bring you and those left behind.

God be with you and your family: now and in those very difficult days to come.

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