#351) A Public Service Announcement

A book I just finished reading reminded me that today is a special anniversary. On this day in 1961, Ernest Hemingway put a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger with his toe. He was depressed, “the words just won’t come anymore.” As an aspiring writer, his words cut deep into me.

I didn’t need a book to remind me that someone closer and more influential to me (though some people would be surprised that there is such a person) died on this day as well.

I write this here because you, my readership, matter to me. (I’m not writing a similar post on social media like Facebook.) I write this to say that if you are depressed or just weighed down and not able to handle life, please seek out help. Don’t take Ernest’s way out.

9 responses to “#351) A Public Service Announcement”

  1. Thank you for posting this. Someone very, very close to me took his own life with a shotgun almost 22 years ago and I have never been quite the same. I’m sorry you’ve experienced a species of the same terrible and unique pain of someone you love doing that irreversible thing. One can only imagine their pain at the time; a pain so deep and dark that escape seemed like the only possible option. Escape.
    I feel the seeds of this in myself and am actively fighting it every day these days to write a different, happier, more useful ending for myself in this the second act of my life.
    Thank you. And thank Hemingway and our loved ones for all they gave us to give our lives meaning before they left us too soon.

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  2. Thank you, as a retired combat Veteran I have lost too many close Friends as well as acquaintances to the scourge of suicide. I would much rather sit down with you and let you talk through your pain as I quietly and sympathetically listen to you than attend your funeral. YOU MATTER…PLEASE REACH OUT!!! 🙏🏻

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  3. Thankfully I have not been touched by this terrible tragedy. The recent mini-series “The Girl from Plainville” shows all too clearly how friends can influence those with suicidal thoughts, for good or evil.


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