A message from Ashley’s family

Ashley’s family sadly wishes to inform her readers that she passed away on October 9th. She could no longer bear the suffering she was experiencing and finally succumbed to her severe depression. Her obituary can be found at: dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/vancouver-bc/ashley-peterson-10985838##

Thank you for supporting her blog as we know it was very important to her and helped give her life purpose.

118 thoughts on “A message from Ashley’s family”

  1. I’ve been on and off a bit erratically over the past three months, after daily blogging for a long time. Ashley was always there to comment, and her presence felt like friendship. I noticed that it was silent here for a long time. I only found this post today. I hope you found peace Ashley. Thanks for being kind and awesome, and a great resource for the mental health community. Condolences to the family. Hope the pigs are well.

  2. I am so saddened to return to WordPress and learn this. Her writing here had a great impact on me. She will be missed. My deepest condolences. 💕💔💕

  3. I have been absent from the blogosphere since late August of 2022 and the first place I venture to is MH@H. Ashley and I quickly became friends when she began her blog 3 months after I started. We would chat over Skype and through email encouraging one another on our newfound journeys. Her support was so loyal that she offered an apology to an author who left an edgy comment on my blog because she quickly came to my defense despite her and the commenter being familiar with one another. We would share the new discoveries we had found while teaching ourselves about blogging. My journey with blogging has been all over the map, Ashley’s developed into an in-depth resource for mental illness. I supported her and purchased each book she published as well as contributed to one. I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed the insight, knowledge, and commitment it took for Ashley to establish her place in the blogosphere. She was my number one fan and an amazing Canadian friend to exchange mail with. As a collector of ephemera, Ashley mailed me train tickets, museum passes, and flyers from her travels. To say I cherish our friendship is an understatement. Any time I have taken a break from blogging, my first stop is to admire Ashley’s addition(s) to her blog. The information that she provides to the mental health community requires patience and research and her format makes her interpretation accessible, straight forward, and organized. The hours Ashley dedicated to making this blog what it is today were countless and selfless. She created FREE downloadable worksheets and journals to contribute to the community she so lovingly belonged to. She was a pioneer and a force to be dealt with. The impact she made in my life is immeasurable and to come to her space and read that she is no longer with us, is heart shattering. Ashley was so much more than her illness. During her last hospital stay, I cried alongside her as she kept us up-to-date with her admittance. The thought of her slicing her arm with an eggshell consumed me for days. I showed my support for her recovery by publishing a post encouraging her recovery. That was the least I could do. But now, I am at a loss for words (minus the ones I’ve written here). The mental health community of bloggers has lost a leader, more importantly, a friend. It will not be the same without her. I can’t imagine coming to her site and not seeing new information. Her integrity and commitment to her work is admirable and quite frankly, perfect. I have shed many tears in lou of this tragic news. I read her last post and am bothered that that was the day she decided no more.

    Ashley, I will forever be your biggest cheerleader. I watched in amazement as you blossomed into the advocate you were. Your site will forever a beacon of light, encouragement, honesty, and information for a community of people who need it. What praises I would normally send your way will now become words into the abyss but deep within my heart, I know you will receive them. Thank you for being the bestest blogging friend a girl could meet 5 years ago. I was skeptical about developing friendships via the intranet but our friendship proved that it was not only possible rather as real as it could be. I will hold onto the gifts you mailed me in honor of your memory but the imprint you left on my heart will be cherished the most. I truly love, admire, and miss you my friend. I can only now stalk your blog as it has now become your legacy. Thank you for being yourself and for being the role model I needed. You will be greatly missed.

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