Grief & Suffering

Last wishes

Grief & Suffering | Despair and hope mark a week of high-profile deaths, including a pro-life teenager’s dying request
by Jamie Dean
Posted 8/31/18, 05:12 pm

From Detroit to D.C., it’s been a time to mourn this week for two well-known American figures.

On Friday morning at the U.S. Capitol, Sen. John McCain’s 106-year-old mother, Roberta McCain, sat straight-backed and dignified in her wheelchair as she looked on the flag-draped coffin holding the body of her 81-year-old son, who died on Aug. 25.

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A world of hurt

Culture | Suicide leaves an unfilled space, and a pain that remains
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 7/05/18, 01:02 pm

You matter. You matter to those who love you, those who depend on you, those who work with you. Simply by being born you clear a space for yourself in the world that can’t be filled by anyone else. What’s more, you occupy a space in the mind of God—the ultimate definition of “mattering.”

That seems self-evident, but sometimes it takes faith to believe it, and when faith falters and hope fails, mattering itself becomes a burden—even an intolerable burden.

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People in pain

News analysis | A pair of high-profile suicides brings attention to a growing crisis
by Jamie Dean
Posted 6/14/18, 12:37 pm

Summer dawned with cautious hopes for North Korean diplomacy and cheerful hurrahs (at least among some Americans) over a Supreme Court victory for Christian baker Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop.

But sunny days also brought darker news, with the sudden deaths of two well-known public figures—fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain. Both had successful careers. Both committed suicide.

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