Monday morning began pretty much as normally as it could be. First day of term. Dropped the boys at school. Planned my day, checked my emails, went on Facebook… and that’s when things changed…. A group message from my good pal, and great photographer, Chris… it contained the line “some of you might know that Jo suffered from severe depression…. yesterday – she took her own life suddenly + without warning.”
Jo was Chris’ girlfriend and our friend. Beautiful. Funny. A big welcoming smile. Thoughtful. Kind. She was a part of our gang.
I actually didn’t know about her depression so the news came out of the blue and without warning. Just like that, she was gone. I can’t even begin to imagine how a person gets to a point in life when the thought of ending everything feels like the best option. I know a little about depression, not from personal experience but from TV documentaries. And I’m so sad that our gorgeous friend suffered to such an extent. I just hope that she’s now at peace somehow.
Since the news broke it’s been so obvious how many friends Jo had and I wish she could see how many lives she’s touched and how many people are going to miss her terribly.
Kat from Rock N Roll Bride wrote about her HERE
Evelyne and I have her, Chris and Jo’s family in our thoughts. We catch ourselves falling back into our daily routines and then we’ll suddenly remember what happened. It’s surreal somehow. But mostly it’s just so tragic.
I don’t know if we know anybody else who’s suffering from depression. You might. I just hope that they, like some people I know, get through it and go on to live happy, fulfilled lives surrounded by people that love them.
Jo & Chris volunteered to model for one of our workshops a couple of years ago. These photos are from that day.
Jo, we’ll miss you. RIP.