Dignity Rising

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To restore, enhance and maintain the Western State Hospital cemetery.


To recognize and dignify the surroundings for those buried and to replace existing markers with a stone bearing their names.


Our guiding principle is to build awareness and respect for persons living with mental health challenges.

Civil war reenactment on site grounds 2022

"He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,

but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years."

Linda Ellis
Excerpt From The Dash Poem

Our Volunteer Board

Laurel Lemke

Laurel is the founder and chair of Grave Concerns. Her driving principle is to restore dignity for those impacted by mental health challenges.

Carol Slaughter

Carol has made considerable contributions which will be detailed here.

Cyndie Pearce

Cyndie is a great asset to the organization and her contributions will be highlighted here.

Syed, Ali

Syed brings technical strength to our cause. Syed has worked for tech leaders including Amazon and Hyundai. He supports local law enforcement, veterans, and State agencies with IT needs. Syed completed his BSc in IT Management and went on to complete his calculus and differential equations certification from Harvard University. He is a single father that takes care of his mother in his free time.

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