Joy Pavelich experienced this indescribable pain when she lost her son, Eric, to suicide in 2013.
“Losing Eric was life changing. Everything went from before Eric died to after Eric died,” says Pavelich.
But months after his death, a job opportunity came up with the Calgary region of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) as communications leader. This job helped her finally understand Eric’s mental illness and allowed her to grieve.