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Where is thy sting, O Death!
Grave! where thy victory?
The clod may sleep in dust beneath,
The spirit will be free!
Both Man and Time have power
O'er suffering, dying men;
But Death arrives, and in that hour
The soul is freed again.
'Tis comforting to think,
When sufferings tire...
Recently, a friend of mine (let’s call her Kate) shared with me that her father had passed away. While I don’t know all the details, it sounded like his death was unexpected.
Wanting to be supportive, I expressed my condolences and asked that she let me know about funeral arrangements. That’s when she made a comment to me that was – well – kind of shocking.
We all know that changing your life is rarely easy. Even when we know what we want and what to do to get it, it doesn’t always quite work out. Why?
Factors like skill, experience, knowledge, opportunity, luck, health, dedication, motivation, consistency, and so on aside, there is one reason why changing is so difficult for so many people. That reason is rarely addressed or consciously understood. It is loss.
Suicide. Sometimes that word alone is enough to provoke a sea of emotions in many of us. Most of us have experienced the sting of suicide either in our personal lives or through the lives of others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide by suffocation occurs in about 9,913 cases in the About 19,990 suicides occur at the hands of a firearm and 6,564 suicides occur by poisoning....