Today I talk frankly with two amazing Stepdads about the loss of their stepsons by suicide and everything surrounding that loss. We often hear it said that the world 'forgets' about siblings after loss, but I think stepparents are often overlooked just as much --- if not more -- and yet they often are the ones holding us all together despite carrying their own enormous grief and pain. It was my pleasure to give them a voice and have this amazingly insightful conversation with these two men.
Dave Wiebe lives in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada with his wife, Barbara. He lost his stepson, Donavon, in November 2021 at age 16. Dave shares openly about how this shattered their lives and how they are now working actively to learn to live with this and what life looks like now as it is still evolving daily.
Garrison Arey lives in the Orlando Florida area with his wife Melissa (me) and their grand-pup Harper. He lost his oldest stepson Alex to suicide on August 7, 2016. Alex was only 21 years old and away at college and Garrison shares details about the day that changed our family forever as well as insight from the past (nearly) 7 years since Alex died.
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