When asked where he wanted to tell the story of his mother’s suicide, he chose the shore of Lake Michigan because it represents the vastness of his loss.
Alexandria's brother ended his life by suicide with an unsecured firearm found at their father's house. Some time later, her stepmother - distraught with guilt and grief - also took her life.
“How fast does a bullet fire?” “How fast is a life lost?”
Diane's daughter struggled with mental illness for much of her life - until she ultimately shot and killed herself 26 years to the day that her father killed himself. Diane says, “the medicine Angela took to save her life was far more regulated than the gun she used to end it."
Diane's granddaughter Lisa (name changed) still reels from her mother’s suicide with a gun. She sometimes harms herself as a result of the long-term impact of the trauma.
Shortly before using a gun to end his life, David’s son called the police to tell them where they could find his body so his parents and brother would not worry.
Although a fellow soldier of Patrick’s died by gun suicide, the training that the Army provided did help him identify and save two others from taking their lives. Lindsay recalls that, when she was in the military 16 years ago, it was unheard of to ask for help.
Amber’s husband, a military veteran, shot and killed himself in their home. She continues to experience the effects of long-term PTSD.
Jane believes that one of the hardest parts of surviving the trauma she’s experienced as a result of domestic abuse, and the suicide deaths of her husband and son, is realizing that she is deserving of a better life.