This is part 1 of a 4-part series on Simplifying the Semantics of Suicide.
A good friend commented about our posting regarding those the mentally ill have left behind a few days ago. She was genuinely concerned about daily interactions with people struggling, not only with mental illness, but with addictions and even issues that one may consider to be self-imposed.
Regardless of all the differences of the why we find ourselves stuck, the similarities of the how to get through deserve more focus.
Over time society has redefined and, perhaps, made judgments on those mired in suicide’s depths without truly understanding all the intricate components.
Ann and I have talked at length, and we have shared with our children, how our story may be different from that of so many others.
Why are we so happy in the midst of things that have devastated others? How have we made it work for us while others aren’t so fortunate? What created the safe haven where we can communicate so openly and honestly and vulnerably about our pain, and at the same time genuinely laughing about it?
Semantics are what people connote something to be, rather than what it really may be. We need to narrow that gap between what we think we know, and what we probably should know.
I readily acknowledge that I will stumble over this as I try to put words to the indescribable.
But I think it is worth trying anyway.