Michele Riggio is the Project Lead for our Still Supported Peer Support Group.
Michele has been a part of Still Remembered from the beginning. Michele and her husband, Brad, lost their son, Dean Allan on January 11th, 2000. There was no support all those years ago, and they grieved in silence.
Michele was asked to speak at a support group of Mother of Angels, to moms who were fresh in their grief. She gave perspective on living so long in silence and how to overcome each passing year with honoring their son. It brought her to volunteering with Still Remembered and growing with the organization.
Michele receives the Still Supported emails of new moms wanting support. Being a part of the peer support group has brought her a way of honoring her son, Dean. She was grieving alone and in silence. She is now able to openly grieve and share her journey with Moms who are beginning their journey of grief.
Michele also heads up our local garden we have along the Trolley tracks in Bethel Park. Her passion for this space has been very therapeutic for her. It has brought peace to her and other moms who don’t have a place to go.
Michele has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University. She and her husband have been married for 25 years and have an adopted son. She homeschooled her son until high school and went back into the work force and is now a Staffing Recruiter.