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If you or someone you love is in a crisis situation and need immediate help please contact the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.
Who We Are
Our MISSION is to ensure no one has to experience suicide loss alone. Our group offers a listening ear. We labor to support survivors of loss helping them navigate their grief by providing community resources, support groups, and fostering community awareness.
Our VISION is for an empathetic community providing loving support, fostering healing, and hope for survivors of loved ones who have taken their own life.
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Check out our Nonprofit Profile to see the great work we do for our community. We want to make sure you have the progress updates you need to confidently support our work with trust and confidence.
Resources We Can Offer...
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Our support groups offer support, comfort and encouragement after the loss of a loved one to suicide. We are not trained therapists and our groups are not therapy sessions. We offer a safe environment where we share our frustrations, provide the ability to ask questions, and help one another cope. We walk with you so you don’t have to be alone as you navigate your journey of loss back to a life filled with purpose.
Professional Counseling Referrals
The following organizations and therapists
have training in both grief and trauma.
Henderson Office, 230 Second Street, Suite 406
The Alliance of Hope offers specialized support for those who have been impacted by suicide loss.
Lighthouse Counseling Services - lcsinc.org
Henderson office @ 203 N Elm Street Henderson, KY 42420(270) 826-8761Jane Brown, LCSWJanet Messer, LPCC-S, MACBonnie Thomas, LPCA, TCADC
Madisonville office @ 1830 Lantaff Boulevard Madisonville, KY 42431(270) 821-8884Jessica Thomas, LPCC-S
Owensboro office @ 920 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301(270) 689-0073Sonja Cook, LPCCRhiannon Gray, LPCA, TCADCBarbie Matthews, LCSWStephanie Montgomery, LPCC-SJenni Owen, LCSWBree Simone, LPCC-S, RTC
Biohazard Scene Clean-up
We have partnered with Paul Davis of NWKY restoration company to help provide scene clean-up. If a loved one has lost their life to suicide, please contact us as we can assist in this process.
Grandparents, oh what joy they bring! The unending smiles of adoration, the unconditional acceptance and unlimited amusement create a cocoon of respect and love, unlike any other relationship. The seasoned lifetime of experiences provides wisdom, guidance, and direction grandchildren cherish and remember forever. So, what happens when death robs children of the most loving relationship? Even worse, what happens when the death was a choice, not a natural act of nature? Unfortunately, I am a surviving suicide victim of my dad. Meaning, I am also a parent trying to fill the lost love and the lost relationship my children should have with their grandfather. Instead of cherishing the experiences my children share with a man they would have intimately known as Grandaddy, I am left recalling memories to imagine what my children’s experiences could be. These stories are my only hope for my children to develop a heartfelt love and connection to their grandfather! Continue Reading
My Blue-eyed Boy
Joshua was 27 when he left this world by his own hands. He was the youngest of 4 and, ironically, the father of 4. At 23, Josh was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a mental disorder his dad also had. People with this disorder go through periods of extreme highs, mania, and extreme lows, depression. Josh’s depressive episodes were also stronger and longer lasting than his manic episodes. I remember on the morning after he left us, I decided to walk down to the corner Kwik-Pic and get a cup of coffee. It was mid-August. When I stepped outside the sun was shining bright and warm on my face, birds were singing, there were 2 baby rabbits playing in the grassy area by the parking lot, cars were going up and down the road. I could hear kids laughing and playing at a school bus stop. Everything was going on the same as the day before as if nothing had changed. My soul was screaming “This is not right! It’s not fair! Everything is not the same!” My child had left this world by his own hands, everything had changed. Everything for myself, his children, and his siblings; nothing would ever be the same again. Some years back I read a poem written by another parent who had lost a child. One sentence, in particular, stood out to me. It has stayed with me since. It stated, “I am constantly aware of the presence of the absence of my child.” Constantly aware at every ball game of his son, every birthday party, every graduation, every wedding, every birth of one of his grandchildren…constantly aware.
I have learned that a mother’s love truly knows no boundaries, not even in death. Until my last breath, I will be Josh’s mom. He will forever be my blue-eyed baby boy.By Anonymous
When My Worst Days Became My Best Days
May 10th, 2006, I’m 11, outside playing with my friends. Just a normal kid until I went inside to get a popsicle. My Mom is on the phone crying. My whole world changed when she said, “Kenny’s gone.” He was my Dad and lived six hours away; it had been four years since I last saw him. My whole existence died when my Dad took his own life.
Throughout my teenage years, I was angry. I hated my Dad for leaving and was mad at the world and everyone else. At 18, I gave birth to my daughter Isabella. Boy! When I was pregnant with her, I was really angry. Then I remember the day I found peace with my Dad being gone. I was seven months pregnant with Isabella. Even though I hated my Dad, I would regularly talk to him. I forgave him for leaving me the way he did. Fast forward two more years, and I gave birth to my son Kendre Rayjon Anderson. I wasn’t so angry, so I named him after my Dad. I gave him my Dad’s initials, KRA. I have the same initials. There was a point in my pregnancy when I didn’t think I could care for another child. Adoption was a heavy thought for me. I remember the day I talked to my Dad about it, and he said, “keep him, he will have my eyes, and he will stand tall like me.” Kendre is the spitting image of my Dad. He definitely has his big green eyes.
I remember having to write a paper in elementary school about the worst day of my life. I wrote about the day my Dad died, which became“The Day My Dad Died.” Then the year 2020 came, and I experienced the worst day of my adult life when I temporarily lost custody of my son due to bad relationships and declining mental health. Once again, I felt my entire world change. Yet again, my existence died. It was an eye-opener that I had to get my life together. I talked to my Dad a lot during that time. Saying to him, “Daddy, please help me get him back. I can’t live without him.” I frequently called the Suicide Hotline. Then I spiritually woke up and started a journey of healing. Funny how the worst days of our lives become the best days.
Two years later, in 2022, I continue to heal, grow and learn. It’s been 17 years since I lost my Dad, and I’m 28. I am just three weeks away from buying my first house. Today, I have been free from bad, toxic relationships for over a year. I’m no longer angry. I love myself in so many ways beyond my appearance. I’m in love with all I have become and at peace with all the bad that happened in the past. Today, I miss my Dad, but we are closer than before he was gone. Today, I am free! Today, I am proud of who I am and all I have accomplished. Having to dig into my heart to write this has been emotionally difficult. But it has allowed me to reflect. The reflection reminded me that I am still healing daily and growing. I know my Dad is still with me every day. And as the tears flow, I remember reading somewhere that crying is healing. Therefore, I will express gratitude daily for all things.
My Prayer For Buying a New House
"Father, Lord in Heaven -
Thank you for giving me the capacity to purchase this house. I pray for the environment that we are going to live in. Let it be an environment that will help me grow spiritually.
I pray that you remove any bad influences that may cause me to stray from your word. Let our children thrive in that environment. Let them be able to focus on their education and live a life after your own heart. Let them not be lured into any bad company. Protect them from any evil that plans to befall them. Let them live prosperous lives here and always seek to be under your light. Bless their hearts and order their steps into glory. Cause them to live according to your word. Let us not be targeted by any evil plans. Keep this house grounded in your glorious harmony and love. Keep us away from any disasters or troublemakers.
Letter To Daddy
As I sit here and think of what I can say, all I can think is that I miss you. I have written hundreds of letters, but no other people will read them. This one is extra special. It's dedication day! Since the day I got the Habitat acceptance letter, I knew you and uncle Curt was behind all of it. Little did I know you would give me the strength, and courage, and will to follow through. This past year I've put in more than sweat. I've put in tears. When I felt like giving up, I had to come here when the guys were off to lunch and talk to you. I would beg you to keep me in this. When it was overwhelming and terrifying, I'd sit here when only the foundation and studs of the house were up. When I was cussing the goo to be gone, I had to stop and talk to you. You got me here. I look for you in every crowd. At Walmart, at the park, in the car next to me at the red light, as I stand here listening to Cat read my letter to you, I'm looking for you in the crowd of people at our new home. What makes this easier is that you're standing next to me. Daddy, this is one of my three greatest accomplishments. Thank you. I wouldn't have any of this without you by my side, spiritually pushing me to grow, heal and prosper. I wouldn't have the courage to want better for my family. I wouldn't have the strength to put in the work. I've worked hard for this. So thank you for being there when I was frustrated when I felt like I didn't deserve this, during the big days when Bruce poured concrete or put the roof on, on the Saturdays when I did not want to get up and go to the restore for the meetings I was nervous about. But today, I say! Thank you! Daddy!, and I miss you. Volunteering at the Salvation Army would have probably been emotionally easier than all of this, but you know we do the hard work, laugh out loud.
Our talented staff who passionately give of their time
Founder & Executive Director
Cindy Weaver has called Henderson, KY, her home for 42 years, along with Mark Weaver, her husband of 42 years, and it is where they raised their two adult sons. When a young lady took her life in 2019, Cindy's passion for forming Infinite Hope was ignited. This followed the suicide in May of 2018 of a young man who took his life that had served every Sunday in the children's ministry at the church she and her husband attend. Additionally, the young man had gone on a mission trip with her and her husband. Before these losses, while working on her Master's degree in 2004, the loss of a very dear friend who was like family was devastating to her. It was the tipping point that led to her withdrawing from school mid-semester.These and many other experiences with loss due to suicide have given Cindy a depth of passion leading to the founding of Infinite Hope. She understands personally that the loss of suicide has a broad reach and impacts those connected to the one lost. Her journey lends great compassion to those considering suicide and to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.Cindy shares, "The deciding factor to start Infinite Hope was when the young lady took her life in June 2019. Through a chain of events that followed, I became passionate about helping survivors who have lost a loved one to suicide rebuild their lives. And Infinite Hope was born."
Gina lives in Henderson, Kentucky, and is the parent of two adult daughters and one grandson. Gina decided to become involved with Infinite Hope because she is a survivor of suicide herself. She lost her nephew in 2018. Going through that grief has been one of the hardest things she has ever dealt with. She wanted to be a part of Infinite Hope so she could walk beside and help others that have experienced similar situations. She also desires to be a part of a group that will help end the negative stigma of mental illness.
Prayer Team Coordinator
Jason lives with his wife and eight children in Henderson, Kentucky. After suffering a loss of a family member due to suicide, he developed a passion for helping others navigate the deep waters of grief. Jason is proud to be a part of Infinite Hope of Kentucky and desires to walk alongside others who are experiencing a loss due to the tragedy of suicide.
Tracy Vaughn was born and raised in Henderson, KY. After an initial meeting with the Director of Infinite Hope to hear the organization's story, she knew she wanted to join in with their work. In the fall of 2022, she became a member and Board Chair. She is also a member of Infinite Hope’s recently formed LOSS Teams. Although she has never had a personal experience, she is passionate about helping those who have lost a loved one to suicide and wants to do all she can to help in suicide prevention and postvention efforts. She is the First VP, Director of Retail Banking at Field & Main Bank, is married, and has one adult son.
I have been a resident of Henderson since 1992. I have three adult children and two grandchildren. I
currently work for the Administrative Office of the Courts as a Court Designated Specialist in the
Henderson County office. I also worked for Henderson County Schools for over 20 years. I have worked with families and children/youth for over 30 years now. I was introduced to Infinite Hope through a colleague. After learning of the mission, I wanted to be involved with their efforts to provide suicide prevention strategies for the area and bring hope to those left behind when a loved one dies.
John has been a resident of Henderson Ky, since 1989. He has three adult children and six grandchildren. A member of the Henderson Police Department for 34 years, he has been involved in and investigated numerous suicide incidents in Henderson. John has witnessed the devastation that a suicide leaves behind and wants to put forth a strong effort in exercising prevention strategies for the area served and offering postvention services for Suicide Loss Survivors.
Originally from Indiana, Cat has been a Henderson, Ky, resident since 2021. She is currently the Volunteer Coordinator for Henderson’s Habitat for Humanity. She brings a broad range of skills to Infinite Hope, including problem-solving, communication, leadership, and management. Having had experience in the past with the suicide of another, she is devoted to working in efforts of suicide prevention, and postvention in the communities served.
Jamie is a lifelong resident of Henderson, Ky. She is a loving Mom to Miles and Bonus Mom to two
others. She is skilled in event management & production, fundraising, marketing & promotions, and
building & maintaining relationships. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Business
Development at Premier Pediatrics and Wellness Out of experience with a friend she lost to suicide,
Jamie developed a deep sense of compassion and desire to help those contemplating suicide and
those left behind who become Survivors of Loss. Infinite Hope provided a means of working out her
desire to help.
I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother employed with One Life Church as a
housekeeper. Having personal experience with suicide with the loss of my youngest son in 2003, I
became involved with Infinite Hope. I hoped being part of a support group setting would help someone experiencing the same emptiness I was, even if it was only a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. I truly believe that sometimes God allows us to go through things so we will have more compassion for others experiencing the same thing. I have found that to be true in this support group. Being there for others allows me to bring something positive from the most negative thing in my lifetime.
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