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Digger: Dealing With Darkness

Digger: As my pseudonym probably gives away, I’ve dealt on the mortuary side of this type of situation. Its devastating to all involved -- family, friends, co-workers and even the police/EMS and the morticians. If a family wants to come forward and be featured, the press should, and I feel has a duty to oblige, run a story about how this is an unnecessary action. I read a plaque once that said “Your darkest hour is only 60 minutes long” and have heard the quote “suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." As someone who has dealt with dark times in my life and, dare I say contemplated such a permanent solution at least twice (once at the age of 18 as I was contemplating my sexuality), its not worth it. It always gets better. I just feel fortunate enough I have friends I know I can reach out to, 24/7, to sit with me, hold me, listen to me rant, cry, whatever should I ever need it.

Question: Have you ever dealt with this kind of darkness?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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