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DEATH is the Family

As a person living with a serious mental disorder, you HAVE to learn to laugh and to find humor in some serious subjects in order to cope.  “It’s better to die laughing than to live each moment in fear.” ― Michael Crichton (1942-2008).   Michael Crichton knows about fear scaring the dino-doo out of us with the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park or thrilling us with the TV show ER.  Even facing death, he knew the power of laughter.

I have always dealt with death and the macabre feeling of suicidal thoughts. For many years, I felt like I wanted to die. Yet from the outside, my world may have looked well and balanced; inside, my head was a storm of self-loathing. To offset this, I’ve learned to laugh at death. When you don’t fear death, then death can’t control you or your thoughts! I guess that’s why I like to draw cartoons about it, too.

Death brings his last Girlfriend home to meet Mom Dad

Death’s Girlfriend Tina: Sure! I’ll shake your hand… Gee, your son was so wrong! He was afraid you wouldn’t like me.
Caption: Death brings his last Girlfriend home to meet Mom & Dad.


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DEATH is the Family

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2012). DEATH is the Family. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 29, 2020, from


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