My son, Jairus, was an artist with a love for animation and game design; his small business was called O’DaviDesign. From the age of seven, he told me he was going to work as a cartoonist or animator (he loved 2D animation in particular) and he never wavered from this dream.
Jairus suffered from severe depression and persistent suicidal ideation and on October 23/19, at 23 years of age, he lost his fight for life.
After he died, I chose to create an art scholarship in Jairus’ name – it is one way I can honour the fuller, beautiful truth of who he was and hopefully help remove shame and stigma and share a message of hope around living with mental illness or simply being human in a messy world.
At this time, yearly scholarships will be awarded to someone pursuing post-secondary studies in the arts and/or for whom art is a life-line and also exhibiting character qualities reminiscent of my son’s sense of humour and his inclusive and introspective/deep thinking nature. I have asked Jairus’ high school art teacher to select recipients on my behalf.
Recipients will be made public (with their permission) for accountability.
You Can Donate to the Art Scholarship
Donations are welcome and appreciated and can be made in 3 ways:
3. Direct donations are welcome and can be made via Paypal to email@example.com. 100% of donations will go directly to the scholarship. There’s also a direct donation link on the side-bar of this page (or the bottom of the page if you’re using a smaller device).
Thank you for your support! If you have questions or issues donating, please reach out to Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org.
O’DaviDesign Art Scholarship Recipients
2020 Art Scholarship Recipient: the recipient is chosen but I’ll release details (with permission) once they are awarded the scholarship this fall.
2021 Art Scholarship Recipient: TBD
2022 Art Scholarship Recipient: TBD
2023 Art Scholarship Recipient: TBD
Living Whole and Brave After Loss
As I fight for wholeness myself and love my family in the wake of tremendous pain and loss, I choose to reach out my hand and heart to others walking this lonely and challenging road. I’ve pulled together a resource page On Grief: Living Whole and Brave After Loss in case it feels helpful to others and my grief journal after losing a child can be found here.
You can also connect with me on FB at Holding Your Breath. The intention of this page is to share about grief, mental illness and mental health, self-compassion, and finding our way forward – gently, after losing a child.