Guest Post-Suicide is Not Painless

Author Christina Valentine Larsen, who is currently writing a book about her parents life during World War II, stopped by today to remind us that for those who are left behind, suicide leaves lasting impressions on our souls.

Suicide is not painless….

Let’s face it; the death of a close friend is difficult enough without him sticking a 357 Magnum in his mouth. I’m madder than hell. And beyond that everyone that knew him is wondering why he didn’t reach out. Well, you know, they rarely do. These old ruggers don’t want this last scrum. They all say, “it’s not fair”, well what is?

This situation is full of shit. He left two daughters (in their 20s) without a father and their mother died twelve years ago. What the fuck?! Time flies when you’re having fun. Bullshit! This brought up 34+ years ago when my first husband put a 357 to the side of his neck and left 2 beautiful daughters and me behind.

I’m just sayin’ there’s nothing about suicide that makes any sense. We can never assume that anyone couldn’t do this because that makes an ass of you and me.

Off to the wake. Take the bull by the horns. Toast your face off. Drink as much as you can to take the pain away. Now you see him, now you don’t.

Men will be men. Ruggers will drink so much they may well end up face down in the pasta.

Tomorrow’s another day.


About Melissa Bird

Melissa Bird is a passionate feminist who has turned her education in social work into a career advocating for children, women and their families. She is a fierce believer in preparing women for leadership roles in politics and has a wealth of experience working with policy makers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to improve access to reproductive health care for women, men and teens. In 2006, Melissa became the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Utah where she quickly took a struggling political organization from mediocre to powerhouse in just a few years. Melissa has written and passed into law six pieces of legislation that aim to help disadvantaged homeless youth find shelter and women and their families obtain unfettered access to reproductive health care. A spirited public speaker, Melissa derives great joy from speaking to groups of all sizes about social justice advocacy, reproductive health, women’s empowerment, and fundraising. Melissa has presented workshops at many conferences throughout the country such as: Planned Parenthood Federation of America-State Public Affairs Network: New Public Affairs Staff Orientation—Washington D.C. Planned Parenthood Federation of America-Innovations & Generations Conference—Seattle, Washington Troubled Youth Conference—Snowbird, Utah Child Welfare League of America National Conference—Washington D.C. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center of Mental Health Services Conference-Collaborative Approaches to Successful Transition for Children, Youth, and Families within System of Care—Dallas, Texas Melissa has played many roles throughout her life including preschool teacher, professional lobbyist, university professor, non-profit executive, wife and mother. Throughout her life and her career, Melissa has always held a deep conviction that she is here to empower others in order to improve the lives of women and children throughout the world.
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