Ah, it is such a bummer to do farewells, but they are a part of life.
About a year ago I posted a photo from the Lantern Floating (Tourounagashi) in Kyoto, where we floated a lantern for my brother (go back to November 2012 for details of you’d like).
Anyway, long story short, my brother’s crash lead to my dad getting irrecoverably depressed, and even after three trips to a mental hospital, he ended up drowning after drinking too much.
So this year we floated another lantern.
I wasn’t intending on posting anything about dad, but after the Robin Williams thing, I thought that it was worthwhile to remind people the depression is actually a thing, and a fatal thing at that.
I won’t go into my own stories too much, however I will say that even though it is hard, sometimes calling the hospital and getting yourself some real help is worthwhile. I don’t know how it is elsewhere, but in Aus most of the big hospitals have a psychiatric Unit that will take you in and look after you until someone can sort your shit out.
It may save your life, or at least your friendships…
Oh, and Arctic Gale 20 is done!
Arctic Gale 20