We lost one of our own…


Saturday 20 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike


It is with a heavy heart that I write today.

I have just found out that one of our Spikey’s, and dare I say a friend via our blogs and email, has died.

Rhonda Elkins was the author of the blog, My Bright Shining Star. Her blog was dedicated to Rhonda trying to make sense of her life after her beloved daughter, Kaitlyn, a high achieving medical student, committed suicide in April 2013. This is the book that she wrote, and we featured on this blog a while ago..


Her book, which is available from Amazon, has helped many to try to understand the viscous illness that depression is, especially when totally hidden from friends and family. These are links to her book:

From Amazon.co.uk

From Amazon.com

Unfortunately, Rhonda’s continuous battle with her loss has finally claimed another victim. I understand that Rhonda also took her own life on 29th August. This was her last blog post.

Rest in peace now Rhonda, with your Kaitlyn.

We join countless others I’m sure, in expressing our sincere condolences to her devastated family, in particular to Allyn (her husband) and Stephanie (their daughter, and Kaitlyn’s sister).



40 thoughts on “We lost one of our own…

  1. […] Read more about our fellow blogger, who may be gone but never forgotten. […]


  2. […] sure that many of you will remember our blogging sister, Rhonda Elkins, who we sadly lost on August 29th. Well, one of our newest Spikeys (followers) by the name of […]


  3. orples says:

    I couldn’t begin to imagine the pain endured by the loss of losing a child, especially to suicide. I suspect in this sad story, one suicide led to the other. My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of both of these women. Heartbreaking, any way you look at it. 😦


  4. dunelight says:

    Please, please, send her husband and remaining family strength to get through this. That is my prayer.

    Uncle Spike, I am sorry for your loss.


  5. Swoosieque says:

    My 1st visit here, such sad news! Oh, so, so sad. I cannot imagine the pain she endured.


  6. My first visit here. So sad. Blessings.


  7. Iñigo Boy says:

    Oh this is sad. My condolences 😦

    Liked by 1 person

  8. How so very sad. I’ve been touched by suicide several times via my dad and my best friend’s dad.


  9. This has really saddened me, I used to blog chat with Rhonda often but didn’t know how to help her, I was so concerned about saying the wrong thing. I did wonder if she was ever going to come to terms with her grief. How terribly sad 😦


  10. That is a doggone shame. I feel so sad when someone doesn’t get their second wind. God bless their family.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. pawedblog says:

    I’m so sorry to read this Uncle Spike, so very sorry.


    Liked by 1 person

  12. shez says:

    Spike, thank you for sharing. My thoughts and condolences go out to Allyn and Stephanie, her family, and all her wonderful friends, such as yourself, who supported her through everything.


  13. Hi, Uncle Spike.

    I blogged about the loss of our beloved virtual friend here: http://jenniferkellandperry.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/remembering-rhonda/

    Such a sad story with a heartbreaking outcome. I will never forget her and Kaitlin.

    Jennifer xo

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  14. The Rider says:

    Oh this is so sad! This is so bad for her family as well, so much pain!


    • Uncle Spike says:

      Cannot begin to fathom what they are going through. I’ve been bereaved a couple of times, but this is extraordinary. Her parents must be in their 80s and lost a daughter and a granddaughter; her husband, a wife and a daughter; her daughter, a mom and a sister… the ripples and cycle of pain is far-reaching. So terribly sad.


  15. Impossible to ‘like’ this post, Uncle Spike. I certainly do remember Rhonda and her posts. Her suffering was too much. Don’t we feel powerless? It would have been so good to be strong enough to support her pain. Thank you for honoring her memory.


  16. dayphoto says:

    I am so sorry. I understand so very much, when someone says—And, I am sad….again.

    My heart goes out to all!



  17. so very sorry to hear this.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. AnnetteM says:

    Rhonda was a very special person who fought so hard to beat her depression for the sake of her very loving family. Through her book and her blog she has made a real difference to people’s understanding of depression. My heartfelt condolences to all her family.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. rfljenksy says:

    Nice tribute. Sorry to hear the news


  20. panikikubik says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss for her family. My condolences.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. fredrieka says:

    this is sad news just sad


  22. wingedprisms says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this Spike. 😦


  23. newbloggycat says:

    This is so sad. I remember reading Rhonda’s posts. My heartfelt condolences to her husband and daughter, Stephanie.

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