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Elisha's Story

Updated: Jun 13, 2022

H.O.P.E. – Hold On Pain Ends

We lost our daughter Elisha to suicide April 8, 2014. Since that time, I have prayed for a way to honor her memory. Now I believe I have found what I have been searching for. We discovered Elisha had saved nearly all of the cards I sent her throughout her 25-year struggle with mental illness. In my personal experience, I found it challenging to find the right card. A get-well card can seem inappropriate; encouragement cards don’t always convey the right message.

Dr. Jerome Motto, a leading psychiatrist (UCSF), discovered the power of a non-demanding “caring letter” decades ago. His research found sending a card or letter expressing “genuine care” to discharged patients who had previously attempted suicide reduced the rate of recurrence by half. Dr. Motto’s discovery is still being supported through the efforts of healthcare providers and others in many fields of work. Caring words sent as follow-up treatment for those depressed, anxious or dealing with other mental health issues, aid in the recovery process and reduced the rates of suicide.

Glimmers of HOPE Greeting Card Project

H.O.P.E. – Hold On Pain Ends - is an acronym that was developed to increase awareness of the risk of suicide and to encourage suicide prevention for those suffering from depression, anxiety and other types of mental illness.

In my desire to share the message of HOPE, I discovered amazing artwork that beautifully aligns with my quest. Marva Sheriff, Credo Designs, is the owner, artist and designer. Marva’s cards convey the message I was looking for - caring compassion and offering hope. Family and friends helped to select additional cards from her designs offering “Glimmers of HOPE.”

Marva also designed a very special card in memory of our daughter, Elisha. This card emphasizes hope using the H.O.P.E. acronym with a special message of hope inside. It is available singly and will be included in all “Glimmers of HOPE” card packets.

There is power in a written card that can be saved, read again and cherished.


Data shows ( those suffering from depression and anxiety respond to messages conveying caring compassion. I imagine and hope to expand the outreach of this inspiring method of communication. Card packets may be ordered consisting of 5 cards of your choosing and the H.O.P.E. card. The “Glimmers of HOPE” card packets are $24.00. Proceeds from the purchase of these cards will benefit “To Write Love on Her Arms”. TWLOHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting hope and help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide: For each packet $10.00 will be donated to TWLOHA. The special H.O.P.E. cards are available singly. I am requesting a donation and the entire amount will be donated to TWLOHA or AFSP. (Please Note: A donation is not required for the H.O.P.E. card(s) and they are available for free.)

You may also donate directly to TWLOA on my fundraising page:

This is a heartfelt appeal. IMAGINEif your message of caring compassion and hope to someone reading these cards would save just one life, my hope and dreams would be fulfilled.

For more information or questions, please contact me.

Lorrie Carlson – Email

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