Cherishing the lives behind the deaths
Re: “What we can learn from Kate Spade’s suicide,” Mara Grunau, Opinion, June 9, and “Celebrity suicides in the spotlight,” June 11.

The world has recently become aware of three high-profile suicides in the past week: Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain and Ines Zorreguieta, sister of Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

There has been much coverage about the tragic circumstances of how these three individuals died. The Herald featured an excellent article on how these and other celebrity deaths highlight mental illness. Important contact information for anyone requiring support or help is provided.

What is not discussed as much is how they lived.

I have been poignantly reminded this week about my husband’s death by suicide 26 years ago. The circumstances around his death were indeed tragic, and we shall live with this for the rest of our lives.

But our family has, over time, learned to celebrate Lorne’s life and what he brought to all of his family members, friends, colleagues and patients who knew and loved him.

We are all better people because of who he was and how he lived.

Thank you, Mara Grunau and reporter Sharon Kirkey, for your insightful and informative commentary on this topic.

Mary Jardine, Calgary
Funding for housing must be a priority

Re: “Death at Vancouver restaurant spotlights city’s homelessness,” June 7.

Changes in the housing market are leading to more sick and aging people finding themselves on the streets. Witness the recent death of a homeless senior inside a Vancouver Tim Hortons all-night coffee shop.

Urgent remedial action is required. Yet in Vancouver, federal spending on homelessness is only one-twentieth of that provided by the province.

This is the same federal government that has just found $4.5 billion to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline, with at least another $7 billion needed to finish the project.

Our local Liberal MPs might urge their Ottawa masters to devote as many resources to expediting emergency housing that meets the needs of ordinary people as to meeting deadlines and ultimatums set by big oil and gas companies.

Larry Kazdan, Vancouver, B.C.

Technology isn’t everything

Re: “Province’s education officials hit road to develop new tech-friendly curriculum,” June 8.

Ever-earlier introduction of technology and a focus on recall and memorization of number facts needs to be balanced with a healthy dose of purposeful, guided physical exploratory play in the early years.

Engagement with real material in real time, in the real world, will …read more



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