Part two of this important conversation, here. An excerpt:

Ain’t no sense.

Death by suicide is senseless, awful, and sorrowful in every way. We’re not here to glorify suicide, we’re here to talk about it. Because it needs to be addressed.

To clarify the context of Mr. Alexie’s quote, he wasn’t referring to any personal contemplation of suicide when he said this. He was talking about how he dealt with—or was unable to deal with—deaths within his own family. He wailed, he cried, he lost control. He expresses a memory of confusion regarding the appropriateness of his own coping methods, and the fact that other people seemed to have an opinion on whether or not he was doing it right. It’s relevant to this suicide conversation, because it calls into question the idea of how to grieve.


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