On April 29th, 2005 – five years ago today – the South Salt Lake Police Department called to inform our family that my sister Shawna’s body had been found in a hotel room – due to an intentional drug overdose. As a family, we sobbed and screamed and searched for solace amidst the heartbreaking shock of her suicide. She was 34 years old…a musically-gifted mother of 5 children, and the wife of a devoted spouse. Just prior to taking her life, my sister left a voicemail message on her therapist’s cell phone. She said, in part,
“…My children are the reason I was born, but it’s time that they have some semblance of normalcy.