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Daniel Garforth

In Memory of Private Daniel Steven Garforth, ADF

January 23, 1993 – November 20, 2014

Australian Defence Force: Army, Active Duty

Dearly Loved Son of Nikki Jamieson and Steven Garforth and a loving Father of Riliee. 

A Much Loved Brother, Uncle, Cousin and Friend, who is missed by so many who knew and loved him.

A Service with Full Military Honours was held for Daniel, in the Chapel of the Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery, Graham Road, Bridgeman Downs, on Thursday 4th December 2014.

Place Daniel called home: Queensland, Australia 

Final resting place: Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia

“Darkest Before Dawn: Australian Veterans’ Accounts of Moral Injury,” is a book written by Daniel’s mother, Dr. Nikki Jamieson. Described in her own words, “I am an author, suicidologist, social worker, and researcher who has dedicated my life to understanding suicide following the loss of my beautiful son Daniel, who died by suicide whilst he was serving in the Australian Army.”

Darkest Before Dawn Reviews:

Losing one’s child is a life-altering experience. For Nikki, the death of both of her children led her to a path of despair and desperation. Through her struggles following the suicide of her son in the Army, Daniel, she began a journey of learning as much as possible about suicide and its impacts. Nikki delved deep into the incidents of military suicide through listening and learning from those who had experienced it, and came back to find purpose and meaning again. This book is about those detailed and documented experiences, and the hope that was found through these dire situations, as shared bravely by our Australian military veterans. These women and men survived the battles in service, only to find themselves in a new battle – the battle firstly to survive, but then thrive. These courageous men and women bring hope and purpose through their stories that want you, the reader, to know and believe from the depths of darkness there is hope and goodness. After all, it’s always darkest before dawn.

From Keri Jacobs, Co-Founder and Director of 22 Too Many:

“I highly recommend the book “Darkest Before Dawn: Australian Veterans’ Accounts of Moral Injury.” Dr. Jamieson shares Daniel’s story – both to expose toxicity that is sometimes evident in our armed forces, to share stories of others who have suffered moral injury, and to provide resources and hope. The book has plenty of research data, but it is readable to the average person. I am involved in an organization in the USA; our purpose is military suicide remembrance – learning of the stories – those individuals who signed up to serve but then sacrificed and suffered much. This problem must be brought to light. There needs to be accountability and change. Those who serve our country (our countries) must not be forgotten and swept aside. I appreciate that Dr. Jamieson now uses all she has learned to help others.” 

From Evie: “Read this in three days, a book everyone should read. A book that speaks of the horrors our service men and women live through. But a book that provides hope for a path forwards.”

“Darkest Before Dawn: Australian Veterans’ Accounts of Moral Injury” is available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com.au/Darkest-Before-Dawn-Australian-Veterans/dp/B0CK3Q8N3X

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