Ten years ago Alex lost her son to suicide, he was 18 years old. Here she talks about her lived experience and how music and in particular song writing has helped her. Alex has generously and courageously agreed to share the song she wrote for her son Rowan ‘Light on a Hill’.
‘Anniversaries are never easy, but somehow we manage to get through as a family, and the grief has slightly shifted over the years. Anger, guilt and feeling out of control have dominated at times, but I have sought help from various organisations which have eased the pain.
I have also had catharsis from song writing and performance and have been a professional entertainer for 25 years. I feel it is vital to share our stories in order to understand each other’s perspective, and to bring a sense of hope and healing to all those affected by suicide.’