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Oglesby Sings for L.A.U.G.H.S.
Thursday, 22 January 2009

ImageJanuary 22--  We live in a rural area and chances are good you know someone who has lost a child or a grandchild, a brother or a sister.  A local chapter of a national support group called "Compassionate Friends" has spawned a non-profit foundation called Life After U Gone Home Survivors (LAUGHS).  It's founder is Janet Stanley, "What we wanted to do is provide people in this community with a healthy way to grieve because nobody wants to talk about death and dying.  We all know we're going to die, but nobody knows when our time is going to be," she says.

Janet's son killed himself and she's found helping other survivors is good therapy.  "It's like you've lost a part of yourself, and to survive, you've got to go through every emotion.  If you skip any of them, I promise they'll come back to haunt you.  So that's what I wanted to do is to let people know it's okay to go through them and you're not alone.  With LAUGHS I wanted them to be able to laugh again," she promises.

Stanley is kick-starting funding for the foundation Saturday night in Vidalia with a country music concert at Southeastern Technical College.  Mitch Oglesby, who grew up in Oak Park and later taught school in Soperton before heading to Nashville, is looking forward to playing to a full house.

"The tickets are selling really good and it's put life back into me.  Although I've got more positive things going on in Nashville than I ever have, it's just a burst of energy to come back home again and it's a relief to know people haven't forgotten me," Oglesby says.

Listen to the Mitchell Oglesby Interview - Part 1 HERE!  (Aired January 15, 2009 - WYUM)
Listen to the Mitchell Oglesby Interview - Part 2 HERE! (Aired January 22, 2009 - WYUM)


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