Recent Posts by Ann Irr Dagle

It’s often bittersweet

It's often bittersweet to know that there are so many of us out there but also comforting to know we are not alone and we understand. No need for useless words or phrases. We we spend time together we laugh, we cry and we share about our children. There is an undeniable bond we all…
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The Word is Change

Dear Family, Friends and Supporters, A little over a year ago I shared the word growth after about four years of feeling stuck – in my grief, personally…in every way one can be stuck. Finally, around about year four in this journey when I shared that word, I felt as though I was beginning to…
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For Ian

  For Ian by Ashley Prout McAvey ’92  On April 9, 2016, my beautiful brother and dearest friend, Ian Uppercu Prout ’90, ended his life.  From then on, my life, and my family’s, was bifurcated into two distinct periods: before April 9 and afterApril 9. The pain of that finality, that physical loss, cannot be…
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Happy Birthday Brian

April 2nd, 2016. A day that brings both my greatest joy but also my greatest pain. Brian Timothy Dagle was born April 2, 1992. But he never made it to April 2nd 2012 to celebrate his 20th birthday. So this year on April 2nd, as usual, I was felt lost, sad, and empty.It was our…
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Oh the Places We’ve Been

Dear Friends and Supporters, As we approach the end of our third full year at the Brian Dagle Foundation, I am reminded of the Dr. Seuss book, "Oh the Places You'll Go". The book is written for anyone entering a new chapter in their lives. Our new chapter was not one of excitement and adventure, but instead a chapter…
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Here Come Those Days Again….

Mother's Day we all know is is on Sunday. I feel my breath quicken, anxious feelings as I pass the card isle in the store. What will I do on this day? How will I feel when the day brings so much sadness. This is my 6th Mother's Day without my youngest child. Honestly, the…
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The Brian Dagle Foundation Recognized at the State House

We are extremely grateful and humbled to be recognized by State Representatives Holly Cheeseman and Kathleen McCarty at the Connecticut House of Representatives on April 5th. This was the Connecticut State Advocacy Day for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.    
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The Beginning, A Good Place to Start

Suicide prevention and awareness is something four years ago, my family and I knew very little about. It was something that happened to other families that had a history of mental illness or drug abuse. Now, suicide has touched our family and our community. And I now know that suicide penetrates all demographics. No one…
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Mental Disabilities and Service Dogs: How Can They Help?

The most common image of a service dog is a yellow Labrador, patiently guiding a blind handler across a busy street. People typically view service dogs as only being of use to the physically disabled, aiding with tasks such as retrieving items, acting as physical support, or keeping a crowd at bay during a seizure.…
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