Lily Sanders dives deep with author and suicide prevention advocate, Anne Marie Romer and her sister Kathleen Crippen on adult suicide and how to heal and understand it. Although blindsided from their sibling’s suicide, it is grace that gave them peace so they can heal.
Altogether, they are the epitome of resilience, and love. Listen to the story of how two of their adult brothers committed suicide and how they differed. Blindsided by the loss of their second brother, tragedy kept showing up anyway. And so, Kathleen earnestly requests out loud, “Just Give me The Road”. With that, her words became the title of Anne Marie Romer’s powerful book which is a love letter to her sister.
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Anne Marie Romer is a writer and author of the book “Just Give Me the Road”. She is a Columnist for the Dayton Daily News and a community activist so she can help prevent suicide. Her essays are found on her blog, Annemarieromer.com and she writes about the joys and sorrows so we feel connected. Anne is a retired nurse and mother of 4. Perhaps most important, she is the grandmother of 9 and counting. Anne Marie lives in Centerville, Ohio with her husband, Mark.
Kathleen Crippen is a retired elementary school teacher. During her long and successful career, she worked to unlock each student’s potential so they had learning success. Since her son Conor, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury , Kathleen has become a staunch advocate for alternative therapies so people can maximize the brain’s capacity to heal.
Kathleen is mother of 3 and has 2 grandchildren. She’s been married to her husband, Phil for 35 years. They live in Centerville, Ohio.
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