the journey to buddys
One of the unfortunate realities of life is that someday we will lose someone we love and experience immense grief—a reality that the creators of Buddys know all too well.
In 2017, James and Caitie Morgan unexpectedly lost their one year old son, who James affectionately described as his “little buddy.” Just six years earlier they had lost Caitie's father, Buddy Parsons, to cancer.
In the wake of these two devastating losses, the Morgans sought various forms of therapy to cope with their grief. One of the things that gave them solace was connecting with another couple who had also lost a young son unexpectedly and without explanation. Finding hope and healing in connecting with others with a similar journey served as a lifeline and encouragement for the Morgans that simply was not possible for them to find in traditional therapy.
“. . .they understood the pain our hearts were in. We saw how they had gripped on to their faith to find joy again. Having them to talk through what we were experiencing gave us encouragement that no one else could have at the time. Someone understood our journey.” - James
Driven by a passion to honor the two incredibly important “Buddys” in his life and to give others the same connective opportunity for healing, James dreamed up the idea for a social community that would instantly connect people with similar life journeys who would otherwise have no way to find each other. After the Morgans shared their vision with close friends the Bethays, the two families teamed up to bring the social community to life in the form of a mobile app. Thus, Buddys was created.
The mission of Buddys is to provide a safe and secure mobile network for people to connect and support one another during life challenges. Their hope is that they can provide healing connectivity to millions of people experiencing similar journeys—whether they are next door or across the country—completely free of charge and in a way that meets each person’s unique needs. Users can choose to remain anonymous, join topic specific communities, participate in small group forums, or message one to one privately. All in a way to be heard and be understood.
Buddys directly responds to the reality that everyone is currently dealing or will deal with challenges, struggles, and heartbreak at some point in their lifetime. Having someone to connect with can help. You are not alone. We are stronger together.
The Buddys logo reflects the concept of personal growth at the heart of these shared social connections, featuring two Buddys coming together to form a symbol of transformation, renewal, rebirth, and growth—the butterfly.
“Ultimately, we hope to give our members that ability to find peace and joy in their lives, knowing they are not alone in this world. We all need one another, and it is better to go through life together,” - James
Regardless of where you are on your journey to find healing and growth, the Buddys community can serve as a platform to improving your health and overall wellbeing. Buddys aims to facilitate meaningful connection and remove any stigmas associated with mental health and personal struggle. Through shared connections, everyone can realize experiencing grief and needing help is not only acceptable to talk about but can be a powerful tool in healing.