Happy Easter! With grief after child loss, or any loss for that matter, Easter is one of those holidays that just gets tough to work your way through. The general theme of death and rebirth are an unwelcome reminder of those that aren’t miraculously reborn to celebrate with us. Familial gatherings and family traditions such as Easter celebrations are always extremely difficult for us still, because Rhett should be running around chasing bunnies and collecting a bounty of eggs with his sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
However, there is comfort and hope around Easter, as well. We get to gather with our closest support system in our family and friends to celebrate our faith and the ability to rise out of the lowest of lows. While we may get down, we can recognize all the ways we are actually blessed, when at times, blessed seems to be the worst word to describe our state of being. With this time of year comes Spring, baseball and golf, new growth and warmth, sunny days and new life. Storm season is upon us, and even that has some kind of spiritual effect on us, when drawing parallels with waves of grief. All storms pass, and make way for perfect, calm days on the other side.
Reach out and let us know how we may be able to help you, or those around you, get through their own depressing times. We’re happy to put our time and effort into comforting others dealing with such loss.
We’ve got some big announcements to make this Spring! The Rhett Sullivan Foundation has started touching lives in our child loss community already, and we’re ready to do much more. Over the last several weeks, we’ve been focused on outreach to the community and we’d like to THANK YOU for helping us expand our presence!
- Picked up another 60 Facebook followers over the last two months! Keep sharing updates with your network and invite friends to join!
- Initiated a Monthly Newsletter and Email List to inform our contacts of latest news and events. If you aren’t receiving the newsletter, please visit the Contact Us link on the website and fill out the form.
- Established 10 New Partnerships to facilitate identification and support for family beneficiaries of our mission! Our new partners include:
Merit Memorial, Mulkey Mason Funeral Home, Flower Mound Funeral Home,
Texas Health Denton, Village Counseling, DeBerry Funeral Home, Medical City Lewisville, Roselawn Memorial Park, Mindful Counseling, Connections Wellness Group
New 2019 Fundraising Events Announced…
- Restaurant Night – Benefitting the Rhett Sullivan Foundation – Sponsored by State Draft House and Craft Kitchen in Flower Mound, TX. May 16th, 11AM to 10PM. Get all the latest information at our Facebook event page.
- Inaugural Rhett Sullivan Golf Drive – Cowboys Golf Club, Grapevine, TX. September 9th. Seeking all golfers, corporate sponsors, volunteers and dinner/reception attendees! Family-friendly reception following the tournament. More details to come!
On a personal note, we’re off to Vernon, TX this weekend to spend time with family and best of all, attend the dedication of a new playground donated and installed in memory of our son, Rhett, at the Boys and Girls Club of Vernon. While this donation did not happen through the foundation, we want to share how Rhett’s legacy continues to make an impact. While this weekend’s holiday is sure to bring sadness and grief, we’ll all be so proud of our son for making an impact in young children’s lives by bringing great joy each day through play in one of our hometowns. A little excerpt from the recent press release –
Rhett’s legacy, and his memorable smile, that adorns the sign that overlooks the playground, will live on in our community for years to come. “We’re so thankful and proud to provide the children of my hometown community a moment of joy each day at the Boys and Girls Club.” Ryan states. “For our son’s sweet smile to adorn this playground for years to come, and for his name to be remembered, gives us our own small moment of joy, as well, knowing he is continuing to make an impact in other young lives all on his own.”
Rhett’s Mom and Dad
Rhett Sullivan Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.