But I digress.
138,000 is still an abstraction to a lot of people. To those of us who get the emails we dread more often than we like, this is all too real. Please don't tell me they are in a better place. Don't ask me to not mourn. Don't ask me to not be sad. Don't ask me to not be angry.
I attended a university known for its nursing program and worked for years in medical model psych. Like many people with that kind of work history, I'm likely to know people who are putting their own lives on the line to save others. Sometimes they fall along with their patients.
The people we are losing are not just numbers to be handwaved as inconveniences. They were people who loved and were loved. They are sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, friends... They mattered.
Requiescat in pace.
Requiescant in potestate.
Animam tuam rem pertinere.