Welcome

Welcome Statement

Welcome to The Brian Dagle Foundation.

This Foundation was created as a way to share our love and continue Brian's love for life, family and friends.  Brian died by suicide in November of 2011. That day, our family, Brian's friends and the community we live in were hit by a tsunami. How could this seemingly happy, friendly, smiling young man take his own life? But you see there was so much of Brian we didn't see underneath the smiles and friendliness.  He was suffering in silence. Not understanding it was okay to ask for help.

In the early weeks and months after Brian’s death, I was searching for a way to survive my devastating loss. I sought out others who knew my grief and sadly I discovered there were many who were also grieving the loss of a loved one or something important in their life. They shared their losses and listened to my loss. I was no longer alone in my grief. Sharing our stories together offered comfort and the healing slowly began.

However, my grief and feelings of isolation were further complicated by the lack of grief support resources in Southeastern Connecticut.  In 2014 my family and I opted to put purpose to our grief and establish the Brian Dagle Foundation to fill the gap we discovered in suicide prevention and in the much needed support for those impacted by suicide. In addition to the grief of someone to suicide we also reach out to others and support those who are grieving the loss of someone special in their lives.

Know that you are not alone in your journey. We offer to walk with and support you on the path as you carry the boulder of grief and loss. For those struggling to understand suicide, we will work with you, your peers or community to better understand the risks and warning signs of suicide with conversation, programs and resources to reach anyone who is struggling with mental illness.

Wishing you moments of peace-
Ann
President and Co-founder of
The Brian Memorial Foundation

Mission

Our mission is to offer hope and healing for those grieving the loss of someone special or struggling with the challenges of life by providing support services and resources in the Southeastern Connecticut Community. In addition to grief support we promote suicide awareness and prevention with education on suicide risk factors and warning signs.

Programs

  • Community Forums on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  •  Lax2Live Lacrosse High School and Youth Lacrosse Program
  • The Bright Music Festival
  • Grief Support Groups
  • Private Grief Support

Please look at our events page for a listing of programs and events.