Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Links Roundup: In Obituaries, More Families Are Choosing to Be Open about Mental Illness

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Links Roundup: In Obituaries, More Families Are Choosing to Be Open about Mental Illness

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Last week, a story about the honest and loving obituary that a father in Scranton, Pennsylvania, wrote about his daughter's years- long struggle with mental illness and eventual suicide went viral online.

Reading about the life and tragic death of Katie Schoener reminded me of a similar story, one of former Duluth resident Aletha Meyer Pinnow, whose sister Eleni Pinnow wrote a heart-wrenching tribute to her sister in her obituary after Aletha died by suicide in February 2016.

In both cases, news organizations around the country covered the obituaries, interviewing the family members who wrote them, and asking them about their decisions to go public with the true stories behind their loved ones' deaths.

Schoener's obituary inspired thousands of Facebook shares, online tributes and public discussion. Pinnow's sparked similar discourse. …

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