Capi Lynn Salem Statesman Journal Published 9:00 AM EST Jan 30, 2019 Marlie Rowell sat weeping in her art studio as she unraveled one of her husband’s red sweaters. She tugged methodically at each fiber, and at the stigma and shame surrounding his death. The process was cathartic and therapeutic, and it empowered her to heal from the grief. Using strands of that red yarn on canvas, embellished by raw words, untamed paint and intact clothing items, she documented her road to recovery. Marlie is a self-proclaimed suicide widow. Her husband, Dick Rowell, died Aug. 30, 2009. She has a website titled “Suicide Widow Etiquette.” Its front page explains how “hush-and-hide-all-things-suicide helps everyone else sleep better … unless you’re a suicide widow.” “Suicide is so taboo, and the hush is toxic,” Marlie said during a recent interview at her South Salem home. “It really makes healing harder.” As organizations, mental health professionals, schools and communities focus on suicide awareness and prevention — in the wake of at least five Salem-area teen suicides in the past five months — often forgotten are the people left behind. With every suicide experts estimate there are at least six survivors who are most affected by the death. Family… Read full this story
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