Daniel’s Place Center For Healing is named in honor and memory of my brother, Daniel Friedman. Daniel was a man of tremendous heart paired with a brilliant mind who touched countless lives over the course of his 30 years of life. To have known my brother was to know an accomplished, driven, and passionate individual. An academic superstar, Daniel was a college valedictorian two times over, and a member of countless honor societies. He authored a weekly newspaper column and a hard copy book, and enjoyed a successful career as the youngest elected official in local politics in the history of the county. At the time of his death, Daniel had even begun a blossoming new career as a beloved history and political science professor at a local community college.
Like many of us, Daniel experienced difficult, life changing experiences that left indelible scars of inner pain on his heart. Tragically, although he gave endlessly of himself to his community, family and friends, Daniel was unable to find the safe space and trusting relationships he needed to heal himself, and instead chose to hide his emotional hurts deep inside. On a cold December day, unable to carry his unbearably heavy emotional burdens any longer, my brother took his own life, in a final, desperate bid to find peace through transcendence into another world, leaving behind those who loved him, and the hope and possibility of healing and happiness in his earthly lifetime.
Daniel’s legacy can be found in both his life and his death. In life, my brother taught me about passion, integrity, honesty, determination and most of all, about the importance of serving those in need. In death, Daniel taught me about the importance of self-care, self-love, trusting and receiving from others and above all, the fundamental human need for carving out a secure place in which to feel safe and loved, just for being you.
Daniel’s Place Center For Healing is built on the foundation of Daniel’s legacy. Daniel’s Place provides a safe, warm, loving environment in which to support your journey to healing. It is a place where you can begin to understand yourself and learn to love your unique individuality. Where you can heal from past hurts and build a fulfilling, happy life that is representative of your true self.
Daniel's Place will be donating ten percent of its annual revenue to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in an effort to promote suicide prevention and prevent incidents of suicide in America,
To my one and only brother, Daniel: this is for you. May Daniel’s Place serve as blessing to your beautiful memory as your kind soul and generous spirit guide its mission and service to those who know hurt and seek their path to healing and peace.
With love forever,