No Joking Matter

I just noticed a Facebook friend – someone I know in real life, who is a kind, compassionate, caring person – who was complaining about a number of legitimately painful bodily aches and insults.

But this person had to end the complaint with “Just shoot me, please”.

I know this person didn’t mean anything by it, and would be horrified to realize its impact, but jeeeezzzzz.  When suicide is such a national crisis that you can’t avoid hearing about it (and my own husband was in so much physical pain that he would be in tears at times), I just don’t understand how people can continue to make jokes, minimizing the very real dangers of untreated pain and depression.

We don’t joke about cancer or diabetes or crippling arthritis.  Why is it okay to joke about suicide?

Oh… that’s right.  It’s not.


In memory of my beloved husband John Kelly Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.

My Johnny was a true warrior, fighting demons no one else could see.  I thought he was the strongest man in the world, and perhaps he was, but tragically, the demons got the better of him.

The name of this project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 20o1.  Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.

Fair winds and following seas, Husband.


We now have a group on Facebook to help find resources, support and ideas for getting The Warrior Project off the ground.  You can find us there at

Follow us on Twitter!  @WarriorProjME.

We’re also on MeetUp; search Lewiston Grief Support MeetUp.

Help support The Grief Warrior Project by making purchases from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps.  All profits (after expenses) go to helping keep our doors open.  You can find Heritage Collectibles at, on Facebook (both a group and a page) and on Twitter (HeritageGifts).

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