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After a suicide, the devastation
still lingers for loved ones.
Ronelle Grier I Contributing Writer
aura Last Solomon is still recovering from the day she learned
her mother, who was 50, had hanged herself. While Marcia Last
had struggled with depression, Solomon said it was not obvious
when she was growing up.
"She was a college professor; she never missed work; she sailed:'
Nearly 30 years later, Solomon, now married with seven children, still
feels the effects. Mother's Day continues to be difficult, and it saddens
her to realize her children will never know their grandmother.
"It devastated my father, and it gave me a lifelong fear that anyone who
is upset about anything, even for a few minutes, is about to go kill him-
self' Solomon said. "It impacts you in many ways; the most is knowing it
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Holiday celebrations are multiplied
for many interfaith families.
Shari S. Cohen I Special to the Jewish News
1942 - 2013
Eve y Week
hristmas is the behemoth of American
holidays. Each year, the festivities
1 11/ seem to start earlier and become
more commercial; some observers say it is less
and less a religious holiday. And the holiday's
increasingly secular nature may be one reason
that many interfaith families observe both
Christmas and Chanukah.
These dual holiday celebrations have evolved
as intermarriage has escalated. A national Pew
Research Center survey reports that since 2000,
almost 60 percent of Jewish Americans have
married a non-Jew.
"Very few of us are living with only Jewish
extended families:' said Rabbi Michal Woll,
rabbi of the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist
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