Tag Archives: Suicide

Non-Depressed People Outlive People with Depression

Why do depressed people die earlier?

A 60-year study that ended in 2011 found that men and women with depression lived an average of seven to 18 years less that people who did not have depression. When the study started, it appeared that only men with … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Education Of A Coroner” by John Bateson

Part biography, part true-crime thriller, the new book details Ken Holmes' 36-year career with the Marin County Coroner's Office

“The Education Of A Coroner: Lessons In Investigating Death” by John Bateson tells the fascinating story of Ken Holmes’ career with the Marin County Coroner’s Office, where he worked for 36 years. He began his career there as a death … Continue reading

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Film Review: “What Dreams May Come” by Vincent Ward

The movie explores how to cope with loss, offering fantasies of the afterlife

Few films are as imaginative and surreal as “What Dreams May Come.” From the very beginning, the film takes viewers through scene after scene of fantastic backdrops and warped, yet beautiful, landscapes. But beyond this stunning facade, the film has … Continue reading

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Movies Are an Unexpected Grief Healing Tool

More than entertainment, they offer the power to heal

We are all aware that movies can be incredibly powerful, but we rarely consider them to be a grief healing tool. Nevertheless, they often are. I experienced this personally in 2009. In the midst of my deep anguish and feelings … Continue reading

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Transforming the Legacy of Suicide – Part Two

From unraveling to weaving my own tapestry

It was my 18th birthday — five months to the day after my father’s suicide. Tears arrived without warning, without my permission. They burst through the protective armor that had been slowly eroding away through my process of denial and minimization. … Continue reading

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When The Legacy is Suicide

The initial impact

When I was a child, my family was a strong, stoic clan. We valued fierce independence above all else. Asking for help or seeking recognition was not acceptable. Neither love nor grief was talked about or expressed. Any acknowledgment of … Continue reading

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