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In Memoriam
Our beloved son and brother Alexander Clifford Peiser passed away on October 10, 2017. Alex was a junior at Hanahan High School. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club, he was active in theater and the Hanahan Marching Pride Band. His interest in theater began early and he appeared in productions of “The Little Mermaid”, “Hairspray,” “Romeo and Juliet 31 Flavors” and “Juvie.”

Alex was a member of the Circular Congregational Church and was active in the youth group. He enjoyed many activities throughout his life including Cub Scouts; Boy Scouts and Songaham Taekwondo.

Alex had a keen intellect, mischievous humor, radiant spirit and a loving heart. He wanted all of his friends and family to know that he loved them, and specifically stated that if he had any conflicts with anyone, he had forgiven them and that those conflicts should be forgotten. His last wish was that his friends and family would remember only the good times they shared together.

Alex’s family include his mother, Sharon Winkler, his step-father, Noel J. Sterrett; his father, Robert S. Peiser, Jr.; his brother, Robert S. Peiser III; his step-sister, Natalie Sterrett; his nephew and niece, Robert S. Peiser IV and Reagan Peiser; his aunt, Marijean Reith; his uncle, Bryan Reith; his cousins Jessica Reith and Zac Reith; and his grandmothers Jean Sterrett and Kayleen Hart Winkler.

We will miss him dearly.

A celebration of Alex’s life will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

Flowers for the service should be sent to Circular Congregational Church after 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

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S4 teen advocates talk suicide prevention, peer support, mental health and how Taos teens are working to prevent teen suicide and empower community. Oh yeah . . . and we play LOTS of cool music too!


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Brandy Vela - In Memoriam

We created “See Something. Say Something.” after the loss of 4 of our friends to suicide. It hurt; every loss does. But the loss felt by suicide, especially when the victims aren’t even out of high school, is something completely different.

So when I heard the story of 18 year old Brandy Vela, the Texas Senior who committed suicide a few days ago, my heart broke. Not just for Brandy, but for her family, friends, and my peers who have and might still consider suicide an option. 

Teen suicide is a reality we don’t often talk about; at least not on the level we need to.

Talking about loss isn’t easy but it must be done. And we have to be able to talk about teen suicide, not just after one has happened, but before. No person, teen or otherwise, should be pushed to the point where they feel like they need to end their life.

“See Something. Say Something.” is a campaign, for teens by teens. A campaign not just for the friends we’ve lost, but also for the friends we’re fighting to save. For friends, for family, and for teens like Brandy.

Justis, advocate and friend


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Tonight I went to the Wailing Wall
And heard a mother scream
Haunting silence
Sliced clear through
As we all stood staring
Raising desperate hopes
That it wasn’t true
But it was
And it is
And hearts continue to shred with pangs
Of when
And why
And how
Can we make this stop
Tonight I went to the Wailing Wall
And heard a mother scream

– Rev. Jill Cline, a mom

for Miquela

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Dear Friend,

I know there are probably multiple reasons why you think that suicide is your only escape from the sadness that makes your life seem empty.

I know that hearing “it gets better” seems like a complete lie, but it isn’t. The worries or issues you have today, will have a solution in the near future. You will find something or someone to shine a beam of light in your life. Everyday you wake up you are giving yourself the chance for things to get better.

A wise teacher once told me that great people must suffer. Perhaps you are suffering today, but that makes you the extraordinary person you are.

As you face the day every morning, don’t focus on the negative. Focus on the things that make you smile and remember I will always be here for you.


Submitted via messenger

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Trempealeau Hagios Morninglight left us too soon on July 22nd, 2016. Born in 2001 at Tres Orejas, New Mexico, Trempealeau was a fearless, radiant, brilliant being who will be forever loved and remembered by everyone who knew him.

From his journal, a poem by Susan Christensen:

Let me tell you about a game I play

Where I close my eyes and fade away

I float away to a special place

Beyond the stars and moon and space

In this special place you see

There are only two people – just you and me

In this place, all is right

Nothing but love, and we never fight

In this place, there is no sadness

No cells, no courts, none of that madness

No rules to follow, no laws to break

No bars to hold us or separate

No one to tell us we can’t kiss or touch

I don’t just tell you “I love you” – I show you how much

But eventually the game must end

My eyes must open, and reality sets in

But someday soon – I’m not sure when

I will close my eyes and play my game again