November 3, 2021

There are some
who bring a
light so great
to the world…
that even after
they have gone,
their light remains.

Each year as October becomes November
As the tress loose their brilliantly colored leaves
As the days shorten and the nights are longer
As we settle into the routine of the new school year
My thoughts are of Tommy.

At this time of the year I revisit the tragedy,
The loss of a precious young life
A boy destined to…We will never know.

There is a longing for his physical presence
But comfort in feeling his presence.

There is extreme frustration knowing that
so many go without treatment
–whether out of shame, ignorance or
lack of access to medical professionals and/or facilities
there is still so much to learn about the brain
before diagnoses and treatments are more effective.

If you’re reading this page you, too, are probably remembering Tommy.
Might I suggest that the best way to remember Tommy and all those we’ve lost to suicide is to:

Reach out to those in need and encourage them to seek help
Remove the stigma through one’s own words and actions
And when possible, support mental illness research and resources
Working together we CAN make a difference.

RoseMary B. Fuss, reprinted from Remembering Tommy, 2013

Hubble Watches an Intergalactic Dance. This observation from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope showcases Arp 86, a peculiar pair of interacting galaxies which lies roughly 220 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus.