A Colorado woman is thanking strangers for their support during a life-shattering event that happened 10 months ago.
Deborah Greene was completely shocked when she received a phone call in April 2015 with news that her father, Lowell Herman, had committed suicide.
Greene was devastated and yelled out, "He's dead!"
In an open letter on her blog, she wrote that she continued to cry and scream in the Whole Foods supermarket where she had been shopping for groceries as part of her Monday errands.
"Dear Strangers," she wrote. "I remember you. 10 months ago, when my cell phone rang with news of my father’s suicide, you were walking into Whole Foods, prepared to go about your food shopping, just as I had done only minutes before. You could have kept on walking, ignoring my cries, but you didn’t. You could have simply stopped and stared at my primal display of pain, but you didn’t."
She goes on to say that store patrons comforted her, asked for her phone password so that they could call and inform her husband and offered to drive her home. They prayed with her and contributed money to buy her a giftcard to the store, which she would later use during her time of mourning.
"I remember one of you asking if you could pray for me and for my father," Greene wrote. "I must have said yes, and now when I recall that Christian prayer being offered up to Jesus for my Jewish father and me, it still both brings tears to my eyes and makes me smile. As I sat (with a friend,) one of you sent back a gift card to Whole Foods; though you didn’t know me, you wanted to offer a little something to let me know that you would be thinking of me and holding me and my family in your thoughts and prayers. That gift card helped to feed my family, when the idea of cooking was so far beyond my emotional reach."
Greene, who's now an advocate for issues of mental illness and suicide prevention and awareness, concluded with this:
"I never saw you after that. But I know this to be true: If it were not for all of you, I might have simply gotten in the car and tried to drive myself home. I wasn’t thinking straight, if I was thinking at all. If it were not for you, I don’t know what I would’ve done in those first raw moments of overwhelming shock, anguish and grief. But I thank God every day I didn’t have to find out."
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