Grief spurs action
Devola couple teaches mental health awareness, compassion following son’s suicide
Then with chalk in hand, participants can walk alone or in groups, writing along the River Trail the names of those lost.
She still hears him when the owl hoots outside their home.
He still remembers him as he teaches his students compassion for mental illness.
Four years after Grant Bauer took his life, his parents Bill and Mary Ella Bauer still ache with the loss of their son.
Grant, 25, of Marietta, shot himself to death on Sept. 5, 2014.
He had just been by his parents’ house the day before, dropping off movie posters for his mother and had complimented their new blender.
He had texted his dad to play Words with Friends during the day and talked on the phone with his mom that night.
But just a couple hours later, at 4:12 a.m., Mary Ella awoke to the terrible call.
“Dad just said, ‘Grant’s dead,’” she recalled Wednesday, four years to the date of Grant’s death. “I just went numb.”
Grant had been living with her parents in Nelsonville, preparing to search for apartments the next week in Columbus.
And while the Bauers have faced the loss together, they’ve processed his passing differently.View Full Article