Last week we were made painfully aware of the suffering of two individuals who, tragically, took their own lives, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. I am not going to pretend to wax eloquent about this. I am simply saddened by the apparent hopelessness and end-of-my-rope-ness of these stories.

This CNN article states that this week, “Trained counselors at more than 150 crisis centers in the United States fielded 65% more phone calls over the previous week for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline…” This is common after celebrities take their lives, but it does not diminish the realities of the pain in people’s lives.

I want to share a few blog posts from our site that might help a bit. There are no easy answers here. I offer these as a way to continue the conversation you are probably already having with your friends and co-workers as the days go by.

We can often feel helpless when something this big crashes into our lives. Something we can all do is continue to be present, to listen well, and to remember that almost everyone we encounter has something going on that is causing some kind of inner pain.

Let’s be kind and continue be people of peace…the kind of people that someone in pain could trust with their story.

Click the links below to read:

Being Present Amidst Suffering

Vulnerability: You Are Not Alone

The Transformational Process of Suffering

One Dark Night: A Deeper Work of God

Hope in a Darker Shade

Note: If you, yourself, are suffering and need help, click the link for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

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