|Unraveling My Father's Suicide
|My father fishing at five years old,
1942. He caught one!
|A Memoir by KATHLEEN LAPLANTE
"Kathleen Laplante's father commits
suicide on her twenty-first birthday.
Thirty years later, the twisted providence
of these two events continues to rankle
her, such that she undertakes new
research. She discovers two other suicides
in her family tree, and she discloses her
own attempt at suicide. While they do not
complete the final act, three other family
members wrestle intensely with suicidal
temptations, also known as suicidal
ideation. Kathleen's conversion back to
Catholicism helps her find faith and hope
amidst this family trauma, and her
candor enlivens the global discussion
around the lethal nature of this social,
medical, and spiritual issue."
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