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Kerri: Saying Goodbye Too Soon

A storyteller by trade, sometimes life presents something that causes words to fail. Such as this past week since learning of the death of my young friend, Sam Mann.Like hundreds of people who knew Sam personally and/or professionally in his career as a personal fitness trainer I've alternated between being really angry at him and in tears with a broken heart. That's the to-be-expected result of a suicide, the emotional debris field that's left in the wake of a decision made from the depths of despair that's hard to comprehend. But as Sam's uncles, grandmother, grandfather, brother, cousin and parents so graciously and courageously spoke at his memorial service on Tuesday, one desperate act in Sam's 29 years of encouraging others does not define his life/Kerri Thoreson, More Main Street. More here.

Question: Has your life been touched by a suicide? Are you able to share anything about it?

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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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