Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Out of the Darkness Community Walk {South Bend, IN}

I had a really special honor last Saturday, to photograph an event that brings to the surface a really tough subject: suicide. 

This was the first time an event like this took place in the South Bend area, and I was really humbled to be able to be a part of it.

Out of the Darkness Community Walks happen all over the country. They're directly associated with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide.

Walks like this are organized to help survivors of suicide - to connect them with others who are in the exact same place - who need the shoulder of another to help them along the way. 

It was a privilege to be present at the event - to meet people affected by suicide - and to learn more about the cause and prevention. I must say too, the camaraderie and support amongst those present, was overwhelming - it's amazing what a little help and understanding can do for those hurting. It was special to see.

While the day was dreary and rain fell, there was still a presence of hope - and thankfulness - after all, the memories and moments shared among those who were lost along the way, will always remain. 

"If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to Heaven, and bring you home again." ~Author Unknown


  1. Thank you so much Emily on behalf of the OOTD planning committee <3