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  • William Woodward, III (1944 - 1999)
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  • Coyte Aabye (1985 - 1999)

II Corinthians 3:2 --- " Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men."

Insomuch cemeteries are like God's library, this Geni project is dedicated to the memory of individuals who have untold stories because a sentence of their life ended in a period not a semi-colon.

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"The mission of The Semicolon Project: to turn a piece of punctuation into something new and powerful. The semicolon is used when a sentence could have ended, but didn’t. The movement is for anyone who has ever self-harmed, has a personality disorder, or has tried to commit suicide.

The semicolon is a sign of hope. Your sentence is not over yet. If you have ever harmed yourself, attempted suicide, or just want to support the cause, put a semicolon on your wrist or wherever you feel would mean the most. Every time you see it, think of something that makes life worth living."

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Semicolon Movement

Project Semicolon Project Semicolon is a faith-based non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury. Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love and inspire.

We are not a 24-hour helpline, nor are we trained mental health professionals. Project Semicolon hopes to serve as an inspiration.

If this is an emergency, or if you are worried that you or someone you know may be at risk for suicide, please call your local authorities (911), contact a mental health professional, or call and talk to someone at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).


The vision is that for the first time people feel what real love is. The vision is that people see the value in their story. The vision is that suicide is no longer an option to be considered. The vision is that everyone loves one another regardless of the label they wear. The vision is to reduce the suicide rates in America and around the world. The vision is that drugs and alcohol are no longer an escape to be used. The vision is that blades are put down. The vision is that for the first time steps are taken towards recovery. The vision is that society no longer pushes mental illness, suicide, addiction and self-injury under the rug. The vision is that for the first time conversations are being started. The vision is that everyone comes together as a community and stands together in support of one another. The vision is hope, and hope is alive. The vision is LOVE. You are not alone. Your story isn’t over yet.

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Whereas the pursuit of Genealogy involves telling the stories those who are no longer with us physically, there are times when research discoveries reveal history of mental health and/or addiction issues. It's tempting to deny the existence of the family issues using the pretext, 'protection of family'. Yet, while the truth may be painful or uncomfortable, it must be addressed in straightforward manner (of course, with courtesy and tact), it can never be denied. It is what it is.

The truth lives through generations which manifests itself in different ways often through the use of defensive mechanisms.

So this Geni project is created to honor those individuals who may have been dealing with mental health and addiction issues. It is to encourage education about mental health issues and addiction. As we, family historians/genealogists, traverse through cemeteries and read death certificates, medical and probate records, we should always remember to 'CELEBRATE LIFE' .......and to appreciate the uniqueness of every person insomuch humans are 'fearfully and wonderfully' made by the Creator.



Philippians 3:13 --- "I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before."

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