Hope on the water | Foundation brings hope to families effected by suicide

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — After losing their daughter and sister to suicide, a Magic Valley family is doing what they can to support others with the same struggle.

When you lose a loved one anyone would agree it's difficult.

“I don't think you ever get over a loss. I think you just learn to cope with it,” said Kayak for Hope founder Linda Shiers.

But some deaths are harder to swallow than others.

“Sept. 28, 2011, I lost, we lost our daughter, sister, mother, friend to suicide,” she said.

And after she passed away, her family wanted to do something to honor her memory and to help others in their situation so they started the Dragonfly Hope Foundation.

The purpose of the Dragonfly Hope Foundation is to just offer hope for those people who are continuing to struggle.

Saturday they hosted their second annual Kayak for Hope event.

We wanted to find an activity that we could do in the Twin Falls area.

People who have lost loved ones to suicide gathered at Centennial Park to float on the Snake River and find support from each other.

“It's nice for people to know that there's others to talk to other, people who have gone through it other people who need that help,” said co-founder Rachel Miller.

The event also featured a bead ceremony where those in attendance could share their stories and honor those they have lost.

The family said being in the place where Andrea died is hard, but they want it to be a special place.

“… So that her kids will grow up and people who knew her will grow up to know that this is a very beautiful place,” she said. “This is a very sacred place to us and it's not a place to be afraid of.”

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