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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - December 2011

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December 2011
Holiday Traditions
Creating New Memories

 Dear Debbie,
Enclosed in this Holiday Newsletter we have a special Memorial Tradition Idea for you and your families. Many people have adopted this candle lighting ceremony to honor their loved ones during the holiday season. Please feel free to adapt the ceremony that will best suit your families own traditions.

Remember to be kind to yourself especially during this time of year. Create a time for reflection, quiet space, laughter and continued joy.

We hope that this holiday season is kind and has plenty of smiles, fond memories and room for making new memories.

Veronica Scarpelli-Area Director
Board of Directors - Lisa Downs, Cindy Bertossa-Weger, Lizette Martinez, Michelle Carlson, Mark Vierra, Bob Gale, Mari Markell, Mary Johnson, Kathleen Piche, Greg Santilli, Scott Memmer, Cathy Dheming

50k Pepsi Grant for AFSP 


VOTE EVERY DAY in December to help AFSP win a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Everything project. Voting starts December 1st and ends December 31st.

To vote, go to (click the gray "vote for this idea" button. You will be prompted to login via Facebook or to create a free Pepsi Refresh account.) After you vote email and share your support with your friends via Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

You can also vote via text messaging by texting "110699" to 73774 every day. Remember you can vote twice a day, once online and once via text.

AFSP will use the $50,000 grant to launch a comprehensive media education project aimed at encouraging media to be our partners in suicide prevention by helping us raise awareness and decrease stigma. The project will include conferences with media organizations and journalists in two cities, a minimum 10 webinars specifically for journalists, partnerships with leading schools of journalism to develop further educational materials, and distribution of the state-of-the-art media recommendations for safe reporting to thousands of journalists across the U.S.


VOTE DAILY AND ASK YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO VOTE EVERY DAY TOODescribe the event. Let members know the volunteer opportunities available for the event, and who to contact if they want to help. Add a "Find out more..." link to additional information on your website.

candle Holiday Memorial

A wreath is a traditional part of the holidays in a lot of homes. If you don't use or don't have a wreath, a simple candle holder will work just fine.

For this ceremony, place five candles around a simple wreath or candle holder. Either, may be placed on any table or fireplace mantel. As you light each candle this year, you may create a new ritual which will become a lasting tradition. We hope this memorial will help you honor your loved one.

As we light these five candles in honor of you, we light one for our grief, one for our courage, one for our memories, one for our love, and one for our hope.

This candle represents our grief. The pain of losing you is intense. It reminds us of the depth of our love for you.

This candle represents our courage- to confront our sorrow, to comfort each other, and to change our lives.

This candle is in your memory- the times we laughed, the times we cried, the times we were angry with each other, the silly things you did, and the caring and joy you gave us.

This candle is the light of love. As we enter this holiday season, day by day we cherish the special place in our hearts that will always be reserved for you. We thank you for the gift your living brought to each of us.

And this candle is the light of hope. It reminds us of love and memories of you that are ours forever. May the glow of the flame be our source of hopefulness now and forever. We love you.

quilt"Tree of Life" Lifekeepers Memory Quilt
There is still time to send in your loved ones photo to be placed on our Tree of Life memory quilt.

Send photo to [email protected] along with their name and dates.

Each photo along with their information will be printed onto photo fabric, then sewn on to the quilt.

text to donateText to Donate
To donate $10 to your local AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk, it's a simple as a text!

Text: AFSP and CITYCODE (see below for the SoCal walks) to 85944 and reply YES to confirm your gift!

You MUST have a space between AFSP and CITYCODE in order for your donation to be proc...essed.

Los Angeles: AFSP LA
Orange County: AFSP IRVINE

Please share this with all your friends, post to your Facebook wall, invite guests to participate, tweet, etc. It is an awesome and easy way to donate $10 for Suicide Prevention!

***Please note: All Text Donations will be directed to the GENERAL Walk Funds, not a specific walker or your members know about the latest news for the ministry. Highlight your mission statement and the goals of the ministry. Inserting a link in your article lets you track which topics attract the most interest.


Veronica Scarpelli
Area Director
Greater Los Angeles Region Chapter
[email protected]

January 2012

As the new year comes upon us, we will be bringing you news of upcoming events, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities. Please contact us with any questions or idea you may be able to bring to this great chapter of AFSP.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a very prosperous New Year and we hope for a very happy and healthy one for you too!

AFSP - Greater Los Angeles Region Chapter

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