I am the father of Ciarra Joi "CJ" Rhodes. I am the man blessed to have 13 and a half years with my beautiful daughter. I am also the survivor of her teenage suicide. I miss her every minute of every day! I hope this site will keep her memory alive and maybe help others.

Author Archives: Dusty

Suicide Prevention Speech

http://www.army.mil/article/135430/Survivors_share_stories__advice_at_Suicide_Stand_Down/ The above is a link to the story about my speech to over 1.200 Soldiers and Civilians in the Wiesbaden Germany Military Community.  It was a difficult decision to speak.  I had the blessing of my wife and the help of so many to get ready. Jill Nunnery and Suzanne Dayton thank you so…

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Back Home

On 6 July our Ciarra would have turned 14 years old.  We did not get to celebrate this year.  Tina and I decided to go back to the USA and spend time with family over this day.  It was a good decision. Ciarra’s Grandmother planted a tree in her memory and we all went there…

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Trying to carry on daily

It has been a little while since I posted here.  Things have been tough.  We lost another family member on my wife’s side of the family to a suicide.  I can not believe that we have had to do this again. Once again though our friends have enveloped us and carried us through.  At least…

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Missing Ciarra today

Today is my birthday.  There will be no singing in the house.  There will be no smiling daughter looking at me as I open the gift that she made for me.  Ciarra was always able to make something on my birthday that was always better than anything that she could have purchased. I miss her…

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Your memories here

I would love to have a thread where anyone can post a memory of theirs with Ciarra.  Here is the place.  Feel free to comment as long or as short as you would like.  I look forward to reading the memories from the many people that she touched in her life. This picture was taken…

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Charity and Ciarra

Ciarra was always willing to give to others that needed.  She was involved in a charity called the HIRA PROJECT.  This was a project that originated with her school class.  They decided when they were in the 5th class to “adopt” a child in Nepal.  This child was 7 years old at the time and…

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