Celia Farmer, unfortunately, knows the pain of losing a child to suicide. Her 14-year-old daughter, Mali, completed suicide in 2017. Celia was among the first parents who’ve experienced loss to reach out to Angela after Emily died from fentanyl poisoning. Both Celia and Angela have experienced the stigmatized death of a child, where parents can find themselves being harshly judged by society.
In this episode of Grieving Out Loud, Angela and Celia share how they have coped with their losses and what has helped and hurt them most. Both have found healing in focusing on helping others.
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MEET THE GUEST
Celia Farmer’s daughter Mali completed suicide on April 8th, 2017. An education scholarship has been established at Bishop O’Gorman Schools in Mali’s memory. In 2019, Celia spoke at the South Dakota capitol in Pierre to raise awareness of the increasing suicide rates of children in South Dakota. Celia resides in Sioux Falls, SD, and is currently a full-time student at Dakota State University.
Angela Kennecke is a journalist who lost her 21-year-old daughter Emily to fentanyl poisoning on May 16, 2018. Angela is “grieving out loud” to try to put an end to this epidemic by stopping the stigma and promoting the treatment of substance use disorder as the disease it is. Anyone coping with loss and looking for inspiration can benefit from listening to this podcast.