Life Is Short

Last Update: January 07, 2020

This cover photo pretty much sums up what many of us are living, and many others are SEEING.

I'm writing today more as a means of dealing with the loss of a VERY young adult who LITERALLY was a part of the family (Over 20 years). In Alaska, we consider our best friends and confidants as a sort of adopted family. Anyhow, that said... Our DEAR friends in the North lost their son this last weekend.

Finding such info on Facebook truly is crushing. Trying not to sound "flippant" when sending (private) love comes with a prayer.

Last night I sat, prayed, asked why, wondered what we could have done to help from 5k miles away, questioned WHY again... Tears, sadness, and the realization of my OWN fears regarding MY own children.

I struggle with EXTREME sadness, frustration, irritation, anger, even rage and have posted SEVERAL times throughout my journey on FB, the National Suicide Hotline number... Here, I post it today.

Please share this number and remember, smiles often hide the crippling pain inside.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

1-800-273-8255

Share if you know someone who is struggling. PLEASE reach out. Anger might be the first reaction, love and acceptance will be the latter... I know I've lived it!

God Bless you, my WA family.

Here's to YOUR Happy, Healthy, and Wealthy,

Kathy

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JrzyGrlBJ Premium
Kathy,

So sorry for your loss. At times like these, it's very difficult to know what to say to someone who has just lost a precious gift in their life.

I can only express my deepest sympathies and pray for you and the boy's soul.🙏🙏

Hanging in there!

Barbara
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Bald Eagle Premium
Sorry for your loss.
I'm not sure that people understand that to help someone in this situation is virtually impossible.
Personally the "help" is often conceived as pity whereas something way more tangible is needed.
Such as acceptance as a friend, a job, a home etc.
We do have to keep trying though and a help line is a great start if the person can be convinced to dial it.
Thoughts are with you at this time.
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katfrishe Premium
I agree that “help” is often perceived as intrusion and judgment. My sisters and I committed our sister in Anchorage because we were about to lose her. I speak from both sides. All we can do is share and pray.
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DouglasPlumb Premium
Sorry to hear and it really is amazing that people do not know that there are people right next to them who care. Looking at the signs you might never really know until they are gone. Saying many prayers for your family and hope that this number gets out more and more.
Douglas
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katfrishe Premium
Thank you!
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DouglasPlumb Premium
You are so welcome.
Douglas
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Swangirl Premium
I am very sorry for your and their loss Kathy. It is good of you to share this for others.

Jessica
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katfrishe Premium
Thank you!
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Stanleycmng Premium
Sorry about the news, Kathy. This is the silent killer and it is now global. In social media, young people are looking for suicide buddies... cyber-bullying also caused suicides. Difficult to know what is on people’s minds but really the solution is more conversation, making time for people, listening and putting others first. These are the things we all struggle with and are doing less.
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katfrishe Premium
I think that we have forgotten HOW to take time for others. It is a point to be factored.
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