No easy solutions to problem
She definitely wouldn’t have ended her life by stepping in front of a freight train.
It’s almost impossible to understand how deaths like my mom’s and Larry’s can happen.
It’s human nature to want someone to blame. When we have someone to blame, we know the source of the problem and we can start fixing it.
But there are no easy solutions when it comes to mental illness and homelessness. There aren’t even any difficult solutions.
I don’t know if Larry truly wanted to spend his life outdoors or if that choice was merely the symptom of an illness that put him in harm’s way. In the end, he lived and died on his own terms.
You might say people like Larry and my mom didn’t want help, so there is nothing we can do. I don’t know if that’s true.
But we should never stop trying to figure it out.