Lishaye Wadley: Wife’s heartbreaking open letter to her husband after he took his own life aged just 27 – and her plea to every Aussie: ‘We should’ve been having an afternoon beer’
A grieving widow has shared a heartbreaking open letter to her ‘beautiful husband’ on his birthday, eight months after he suddenly died.
Canberra woman Lishaye Wadley wrote the emotional message on social media, describing the everyday things she misses about her spouse, Brent Wadley, on what would have been the day he turned 28.
‘Today is Brent’s birthday. We should’ve been having afternoon beers, waiting for the footy to start,’ Ms Wadley wrote.
‘You would’ve begged me to buy you some new Xbox game and give it to you as an early birthday present.
‘We’d have music on in the house, dancing around and play fighting.
Canberra woman Lishaye Wadley (pictured right) detailed the everyday fun things she misses about her husband, Brent Wadley, as she pushed through her grief to raise money for suicide prevention
Mr Wadley finally found peace, his wife wrote on social media, after he’d battled with his mental health
‘Happy birthday Brenny. I love you 11/10 no matter what.’
She added there are no words ‘to describe the incompleteness or loneliness’ his loss has created in her life.
‘To say I miss him would be a gross understatement.’
Ms Wadley shared the deeply personal letter to her husband of five years in an effort to encourage people to donate to Suicide Prevention Australia.
‘If you can, have a drink today for Brent. And if you would’ve bought him a beer today to celebrate his birthday, please donate the money of that schooner (or two).’
Mr Wadley’s ‘great mate’ Tom Carmody, also shared an online fundraiser for the mental health charity to help boost research and ‘dramatically reduce suicide in Australia’.
He will also be running a half marathon in Canberra in Mr Wadley’s name.
Mr Wadley, a skater, student and passionate footy fan, passed away on February 20 this year.
She bravely paid tribute to the ‘smart, kind, funny, loyal and truly wonderful’ man just two days later.
At his funeral mourners were encouraged ‘to wear your favourite sports jersey in his honour.’
Afterwards she posted: ‘Brent would have loved seeing you all in your jerseys (even if he hated the team you went for) and to be able to have a drink (or a dozen) for him would have made him proud.’
She also urged anyone battling with their personal demons to ‘please reach out. You are loved and you are important.’
Mr Wadley, a skater, student and passionate footy fan, passed away on February 20 this year
Ms Wadley wrote that on his 28th birthday she should have been beside him, sharing a beer and waiting for the footy to start
‘Brent battled as long as he could with his own self, and he’s finally at peace and is whole,’ she wrote.
‘He will be with me in my heart for eternity.’
In 2021, 3,144 Australians took their own lives according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, while there were 65,000 suicide attempts.
Men are more than three times as likely to die by suicide than women.
If you or anyone you know is in need of free mental health support, contact: Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.
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