52 Portraits 14: Patricia Wheeler


Patricia is a writer, storyteller, sometimes wedding planner, and producer of the critically acclaimed The Moth StorySLAM series in Detroit and Ann Arbor. After losing her partner to suicide at age 24, Patricia shares how the suicide loss survivor support groups she has attended all over the country have helped her heal and fueled her love of storytelling. She talks of the mindfulness required to not allow this tragedy to become the thing that defines her, while staying engaged with and helping others who have been through the same thing. Patricia also shares about her love of food and community, and how ritual has helped her deal with an immense, new kind of grief after losing her father suddenly to a brain aneurism 3 years ago. 

Patricia is also on the board of directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If you or someone you know needs help or would like more information, click the link below.