Community picnic remembers those who died by addiction, suicide
The Loved Never Forgotten memorial holds the names of 163 people. A picnic set for Aug. 20 will honor them.
SUPERIOR — The second annual Loved Never Forgotten picnic, which honors those who have died by addiction or suicide, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 20 at Kelly Park, 711 Grand Ave. Everyone is invited. The free event will include a live band, a food truck and a time to read the names of those who have died.
“We’ve always said at least once a year their names will be spoken. That’s really the main theme to it, and just allowing families that peace and comfort and joy at that time,” said Chrissy Foster, ministry coordinator for Walking Victorious Ministries, which operates the Ruth House.
It’s about being there for those families, she said, whether they need love, prayer or just to sit.
“We’ve lost a lot of people in this community,” Foster said.
The Loved Never Forgotten memorial outside the Ruth House was dedicated at last year’s picnic, with new names being added throughout the year at the request of families. As of Aug. 3, the list included 163 names.
“We're not going to allow those people to be forgotten, because their lives mattered. They were somebody’s mom, dad, brother, sister — all those things,” Foster said.
Last year’s turnout was awesome, she said, and families appreciated the opportunity to gather and share their stories with each other.
“It’s always nice to feel like you’re not alone. They’re not alone in it … there’s other people that you can talk with about it,” Foster said.
Addiction has affected every family in the community to some extent, she said, whether it be at a distance or close to home. The picnic is a chance for those who have been affected to connect.
“We just want everybody to know that there is support out there. There are people that care, and if you need help or you just need somebody to talk to everybody’s welcome,” Foster said.