Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone But Not Forgotten (III)


Sunday 07 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

This was Rhonda Elkins, a fellow blogger in our WordPress community. Gone, but not forgotten.

Rhonda was the blogger behind My Bright Shining Star, a blog dedicated to trying to make sense of her life after her beloved daughter, Kaitlyn, a high achieving medical student, committed suicide in April 2013. A nurse, wife, mum and blogger; after losing Kaitlyn, Rhonda became well known for her tireless work to raise awareness of depression, especially in the field of medicine; she even published a book. But she too took her own life 16 months after her daughter….

Read more about our fellow blogger, who may be gone but never forgotten.




The first entry for this week can be found here: WPC ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ (I)

The second entry for this week can be found here: WPC ‘Gone But Not Forgotten‘ (II)




15 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone But Not Forgotten (III)

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  2. Osyth says:

    No words. There are no words.


  3. That is just too sad. I know that when someone commits suicide, the family they’ve left behind can often feel that they’re in some way to blame — that they could have done more to help that person. I do hope that this wasn’t part of the reason that Rhonda took her life after her daughter did.

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  4. Unspeakable sadness. A family’s nightmare. Thank you for keeping her memory.

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  5. Tina Schell says:

    Wow Spike, very moving. How wonderful of you to memorialize


  6. Sue Slaght says:

    Spike thank you for bringing us this post. So heartbreaking and tragic but such important information for those struggling with depression to reach out for help. Also for others to understand that mental illness is not something one can just ‘snap out of’ or be ‘stronger’.


  7. atureaud says:

    thank you for posting this…
    Deeply saddened by lost lives , it’s the burden carried by those who survive…


  8. orples says:

    I couldn’t imagine the pain of losing a child, especially to suicide. I’m sure Ms. Elkins went through hell prior to taking her own life. May both she and her daughter RIP.


  9. lulu says:

    What a tragic story this post suggestS.


  10. AnnetteM says:

    I also think about Rhonda a lot and especially wonder how her family are coping after the double tragedy. She was a special lady as was her daughter, Kaitlyn.

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