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The grieving can benefit from suicide support group

My daughter died by suicide at the age of 14. Since that tragic day, I have learned many things that I hope will be helpful for other survivors. First, I learned that everyone grieves differently. Be patient and understanding with yourself and your loved ones. I also learned that suicide is typically the result of an underlying mental illness.

Lastly, I learned that survivors can often feel as if no one really understands what they’re going through. You are not alone.

To help survivors cope, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has developed a program that creates a safe and welcoming place for survivors to come together for a day of healing, support, information, and sharing. More than 300 International Survivors of Suicide Day events will take place all around the world on Saturday, including at IPFW.

Each event features a 90-minute film of support, information and heartfelt advice. The film is shown at 1 p.m. and will also be available online at www.afsp.org/survivorday with an online chat immediately following.

As a volunteer with the AFSP Indiana Chapter, I would like to encourage anyone bereaved by suicide to participate. Please visit www.afsp.org/local-chapters/find-your-local-chapter/afsp-indiana for event details. You may also want to visit www.afsp.org to find resources available to help you and your family in the aftermath of a suicide. And please remember, you are not alone.

SHERRI G. DRAKE Fort Wayne

Republicans’ actions stain party’s name

Democrat or Republican, the big issue is overlooked here. Glenda Ritz was elected by the citizens of Indiana as superintendent. Because the controlling party did not like the results of the election, it has decided to strip the authority of the position. That’s not an act toward Ritz; it is a political party trying to override the people’s vote. I have no idea whether she is a great superintendent. I do have strong ideas about trying to override the vote of the people. Most of my life I have leaned Republican. I am embarrassed that the party that is so patriotic apparently believes that with a big enough majority it can ignore the people’s vote.

KIRK BOOKOUT Anderson

Moral bankruptcy draws ever nearer

After reading recent Journal Gazette pieces including Councilman John Crawford (Nov. 6), in which they addressed the root causes of the shameful homicide rate that our city has experienced this year, I appreciate their wisdom and keen insight. Our greatest threat is a poverty of values.

Long before the 19th century when Alexis de Tocqueville noted that “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great”, another wise man stated: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Godly values such as hard work, personal responsibility, virtue, chastity, self-control, self-discipline, integrity, self-sufficiency, decency, modesty, thoughtfulness, kindness, unselfishness and personal honor are being replaced with laziness, irresponsibility, promiscuity, self-indulgence, selfishness and a sense of entitlement. Morally speaking, our beloved country, state and city are rocketing ever closer toward bankruptcy.

A poverty of values is not determined by one’s race, income, gender or social standing. It comes from the heart. Each of us is either part of the problem or part of the solution.

JOHN CHOWNING Fort Wayne

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