Grief & Suffering
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When things are profoundly wrong

Grief & Suffering | Pandemic challenges to lead hurting people from despair to hope
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/24/21, 10:34 pm

Cultures of despair aren’t new, but the pandemic emphasizes their grip on us. Portugal is one of the latest European countries to try to legislate euthanasia, and also one of the hardest hit with COVID-19 deaths. It’s a strange time for the governing center-left Socialist Party to push physician-assisted, state-sanctioned suicide. 

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Finding hope after a funeral

Drug Abuse | Some parents who have lost kids to the record-breaking drug overdose crisis are finding ways to help their children’s friends, mired in their own addiction
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/24/21, 09:50 pm

When drug overdose deaths began to decline in the United States a few years ago, many hoped the opioid crisis was starting to ebb. But discouraging new data show overdose deaths are at an all-time high: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that for the 12 months ending in July 2020, 83,000 people died of drug overdoses, up from about 47,000 for the same period in 2015. Synthetic opioids drove the spike, according to the report.

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The trouble with perpetual victimhood

Society | Suffering is real, but it shouldn’t change our identities
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/25/21, 12:04 pm

Back in the early 1970s, my husband worked as assistant manager of the local drive-in in the west Texas town where we were attending college. Since he didn’t get home until after midnight, I had those long evening hours to myself. When the weather cooperated, I took long walks. Most of it was along streets and avenues, but one route took me the long way around campus, past the far-flung tracks and ballfields, where there were no houses, little traffic, and few streetlights. 

One night, in the silence under the stars, I began hearing footsteps besides my own.

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