Dying a Thousand Deaths.

Mary Swan-Bell
8 min readSep 11, 2019

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, I’m sharing an excerpt from Post-Its and Polaroids. If you are depressed or contemplating harming yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1–800–273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

I’ve read that when a person commits suicide he or she dies once, but those left behind die a thousand times. Day after week after month, they die by rehashing conversations, questioning interactions, suppressing overwhelming guilt … asking why, wondering if they could have prevented it…

Mary Swan-Bell

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