My husband Corey Gagnon died by suicide from asphyxiation on the Community Trail in Dover NH on September 4th, 2018. He was 38 years old. He was my best friend, my other half, my favorite person....my everything.
When his final arrangements were done by a group of people I was unable to make his actual wishes heard and it bothered me greatly. In January of 2019 I came up with an idea stemming from one of Corey's wishes that a certain band played at his funeral and play a certain song. That never came to be for multiple reasons that I won't mention here but it sparked an idea in my head to come up with a fundraising CD where some of Corey's favorite bands donated some of his favorite songs some of his favorite songs. I will finally be releasing this CD on the third anniversary of his death which is September 4th of this year. It was suggested to me that I do a GoFundMe as a supplemental fundraiser with hopes to hit my goal for the purpose of putting a public Memorial where he died.
This Memorial is a fairly big undertaking and involves tree removal, and purchase of used heavy equipment along with welding and bench and planters out of that equipment, and some landscaping. Before this spot became the place of his death it was a place of many good memories where we would play with our twin sons and go for walks with our friends and their kids and their dogs. It is my hope to return it back to the spot of those memories of Good times. A memorial full of nuances that trigger memories of Corey where people can sit and remember him without being faced with the awful reality of what happened there. The memorial will also include a strong message for suicide awareness and prevention.
Any excess funds will be put towards a private burial plot for the remains that I do have of Corey. He wanted to be buried and not cremated. The whole idea behind all of this is to try and achieve giving him his wishes in the best way possible. The plot is private and details about it will remain private for the protection of our little family but I would put some funds towards that as well as donating some to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. This organization was key in helping me navigate the months and years after losing Corey and I'm sure they have helped hundreds of thousands of other people who grapple with this social disease every single day unfortunately.
Any help given would be appreciated beyond any words that I could come up with to explain...or delve deep enough to express how much it would mean to see this dream become a reality.