On the day that my son, Bryce, passed away, I picked up a pencil and started writing …

By Lonnie Howell

Although I could not describe the shock and horror verbally, I was able to scribble some words down; sentences that seemed to flow through me. Since that day, writing seemed to be the only way to expel these intense emotions and I would often feel relieved after I set the pencil down. It was an outlet that allowed me some reprieve without injuring myself, or others. I could let out all of my anger, sadness, guilt, and hopelessness, as well as my brief moments of contentedness and gratitude. Over time, a few of these pieces have morphed into songs; songs that have cycled back through me with new meaning and inspiration. I will be performing one of these songs along with a story at GSN’s upcoming Gratitude Celebration & Live Cabaret Fundraising event at Shine on Saturday, September 12th, 2015. I hope that you will help support me and their mission to empower people to transform their experience with grief and loss, something well ALL experience, by purchasing tickets for what is sure to be a fun-filled evening with an inspirational group of people.