JENNIFER FELTMAN was the most recognizable person in the world, but it wasn’t just her ability to play the guitar or her fashion sense that made her a star.
She was a person.
When her son died in October, she and her husband, Dave, were devastated.
They couldn’t believe it was true.
“I was really angry and devastated,” she says.
“And I wanted to know how he could have been so careless.
He had been such a good person.”
They called a psychologist, who explained that her son had a mental illness and needed help.
“We just sat there and cried for about 15 minutes,” she recalls.
“That was the last time I saw him.
We felt like we had lost a child.”
In the days since, Alyssas has struggled to process the loss of her son and the shock of losing a family member, but she says she’s determined to find a way to live with it.
“You need to accept the fact that there are things that you can’t control,” she explains.
“If you can, then you will be able to make choices about what you can and can’t do.
It’s the same for mental illness.
It doesn’t matter what you do or what you say, if you can get past it and get through it, then that’s going to help you in the long run.”