Remembering Suicide Victims
In a new study, more people now die because of suicide than in car accidents, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and each suicide death leaves multiple survivors who must deal with the loss.
That's why the Alachua County Crisis Center is putting together a "Survivors of Suicide Memory Garden" in Gainesville's Cofrin Nature Park.
This afternoon, volunteers got together to finish 2/3 of the garden.
It now has life-sized columns representing those who have committed suicide and also their families.
Judy Broward, who lost her own son to suicide a decade ago, says she wants to help others like her heal their wounds.
"I hope it becomes a place where people find solace and connect with other survivors and know that they're not alone."
The project is all volunteer based and in order to finish the garden, the "Friends of the Crisis Center" are accepting donations and selling bricks that will be put in the garden with the names of victims.