Saving Family Business post-suicide
He ran the family business of filming weddings, and it was doing okay with him at the helm, but when he passed away, it began to fall apart. Thomas Hughes Films, in Marin Country, CA, has been around for twenty nine years, and he was so proud of it. It took a big hit in 2008 with the financial crisis, but we had begun the process of getting back on our feet. The months of January, February, and March are especially hard in the wedding business, and without him, the business is collapsing.
I'm here today asking for fifty thousand dollars to preserve his business that he loved so dearly, keep it alive, and to help our family get back on our feet financially.
For those of you who knew my dad, you know he was a light in everybody's life, and he was a light in mine. We love him so much, and I'll never forget him. We need all the help we can get, and any dollar counts. Thank you.
I read the comments and the messages and the names of the wonderful community that we're surrounded by, because it brings a real warmth to my heart, and I know these were his favorite people in the world. And I am so grateful that he had all of you in his life, and that I have you in mine, because I don't know what I'd do otherwise. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the last six months of support and love. - Thomas
Hi Thomas, My kids daddy died by suicide this past September. There are 6 kids ranging from 35 down to 12. They miss their daddy every.single.day just like you do. You are NOT alone. I can just feel how proud their dad is of them working through this challenge. I'm betting that your dad is just in awe of your strength to even right this letter. Keep asking for help when you need it, when people start to forget and all you can do is remember. I'm sending so much love and prayers to your entire family right now.
Thomas, thank you for sharing your tender heart with those of us who so love and respect your Father. I have a sense of your loss, as my Mother also chose to end her life when I was 16 (I'm 60 now). Those of us who have experienced this particular kind of loss stand strong for you and your family right now. As does everyone else who's lives were touched by Thomas Hughes and his beautiful Films. Hang in, there, it gets easier. I promise.
Hi Thomas, this is a wonderful thing you are doing to help your family and I am sure your Dad is proud. I lost my Dad to suicide when I was 10. Please know that you are not alone, looks like you have a wonderful family, always be there for each other. I am now over 6 X 10 years and I still love my Dad dearly. I often wonder what my life would have been had he stayed, but I've had a wonderful life and so will you. You will be more open, more understanding, more caring of others and you will enjoy every minute you get with those you love. I can see that you are already responsible, stepping up for your family. Be your best and be kind always, I think you will. You are showing you courage already. I wish you peace and strength and a very happy, healthy life. Bonnie Webb
I'm completely shocked to hear of the loss of your beloved dad. I had the pleasure working with him at All Saints church. He was the video guy, I was the coordinator and he was the nicest guy to work with. I am so sorry for your loss. The world lost a great guy, who was talented, thoughtful, and just plain nice.
Thomas Jr. Thank you for the note. I hope we can catch up later in due time. Your father pioneered the wedding video industry with hundreds of others around the nation in 1983-84. I know because we were best friends since high school, and Tom urged me to give up law school and follow his lead as a new frontier. I often previewed his wedding videos as he was editing them from home. Being a "videot" myself to this new technology, I took his advice and started shooting and editing wedding videos in 1985 and I never looked back. As an award winning videographer and studio owner in Sonoma Country, I too experienced the 60 work weeks and putting off starting a family of my own for I was married to my business like so many others. I produced training tapes, informercials, legal videos, and special events of all kinds. Hanging out of a helicopter or on a snow covered mountain with video gear, crew and talent was common. I was one of the lucky ones who got out before the business totally consumed me. My employees went on to work for Lucas Films, cable advertising divisions, TV stations, etc. I have many stories to share with you about your dad and I look forward to meeting you.
can you help with my campaign pleaseeee?
hello I’m sorry for your lost.. my family lost my brother in law 2days ago to suicide at the age of 23 and we are i the process of trying to raise money. it’s been hard and although we have a time restraint by this Tuesday I feel god is going to make a way. if you guys know anyone who would like to donate please let them know
So sweet...just like your dad...he lives on through you
Dear Thomas, I was so devastated to hear this news from a friend this morning. I knew your dad from the group of us who would taste wine on Fridays. Your dad came in and was always such a lovely man. I had no idea that he suffered from depression and I wish I had known. I hope he knew how many people cared about him. I am so very sorry for your loss.