A fan named kmarie8 wrote on Linkin Park’s Reddit regarding Chester Bennington:
“I just want to thank everyone for their inspiring words and just the beautiful support everyone is giving one another. My best friend, who has had a very rough life, took Chester’s death very hard and decided to take her own life last night. It is hard to speak about in person and feels good to get this off my chest to a community that understands what I am going through. We have both been crying all week long. And then to receive the worst news in the middle of a 12 hour nursing night shift, was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through.
I just spent the night reading everyones inspiring words to make it through the night. I just feel guilt, anger and pain, like I could have done more or should have known. She was also a nurse and had 2 beautiful kids, but her demons got the best of her. Something she kept so deep, that I never thought would go this far. We were planning on attending a memorial tomorrow at citi field and getting tattoos for Chester.”
My heart has been heavy all week and I didn’t think it could possibly get any worse.
Thanks for listening, it feels good to get this off my chest to a community that completely understands what I am going through.”
She later posted, “Thank you all for the kind words. I can’t describe how good it makes me feel. I’m still going to get the tattoo tomorrow but I am going to take some time to think about what I want to do for her. I will be attending the memorial tomorrow, and I can’t wait to meet everyone. It’s going to be very therapeutic for all of us.”
She added, “I’m still trying to get use to the idea that she’s not here, and trying to work through my feelings. Like, I can’t send her a quick text or shoot her a meme that would make us both laugh. It’s going to be a huge adjustment. We both really bonded over Linkin Park, we were like 12 years old when hybrid theory came out. Their music just did wonders for us, finally made us feel like we weren’t alone. Their music like healed my soul, to be honest. It’s a hard loss all around.”
Note from Alternative Nation: I’m usually very careful about vetting the causes we link to on here, but I discussed this with LPLive co-founder Mark Terrell, a prominent member of the Linkin Park fan community who I first got to know a bit a few years ago when Chester Bennington joined Stone Temple Pilots. This is a great cause, and really honors Chester and also Chris Cornell who we tragically lost recently, so definitely check this piece out and think about donating at the link provided at the end of the article.
Linkin Park fans,
Several days later, we are still hurting in the wake of Chester’s death. We are all mourning, but healing as a community.
As a musician and as a humble, respectable person, Chester taught all of us kindness and to help those in need. Many of you have volunteered with Linkin Park’s Music for Relief organization over the years and have made lasting impacts across the globe because of it. Lots of you have donated money to MFR or participated in worldwide events to better the planet.
As fans, we have all witnessed Chester’s extraordinary outgoing personality, making time for those in need. We have endless stories of his generosity, from visiting sick children in the hospital to bringing fans on stage from the “Make a Wish” Foundation to spending extra time at the Meet & Greets for fans. In his personal life, Chester supported MusiCares, PETA, and the Grammy Foundation as well. Simply put, Chester was a shining star in the music community because of his hospitality and unselfishness. And not only that – his lyrics and incredible voice have helped millions cope with their personal lives… from depression to abuse and more.
At such a tragic time in the world, we cannot just sit and grieve. This is why we have decided to unite with our friends at 10 Years Association, who cover a band that Linkin Park introduced us to… 10 Years, to start a fundraising campaign for S.A.V.E. (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). You can read more about SAVE here: https://save.org/who-we-are/
“SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Our work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, we know we can SAVE lives.”
The mission statement for SAVE reads, “To prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.” Together, with the Linkin Park community, 10 Years community, and worldwide music base touched by this tragedy, we hope to raise awareness of the tragedy that is suicide and to provide a helping hand to a nonprofit who is able to effectively use their resources on a larger scale to truly assist those in need.
In times like these, we need to be here for each other, lifting each other up… not just to listen to those in pain, but to offer assistance and a hand of support. We hope you will join our support for SAVE at the following link:
Additionally, both LPLive and 10 Years Association have Discord chats open for anyone who is suffering right now and wants someone to talk to. We have members from all over the world in our chat from Brazil to China and more. Please come to us if you are in a time of need.
Much love to everyone, and we are always one tweet, message, etc away for support.