Deacon Digest – The Spiritual Side of Katie’s Story

Read the article in the March 2017 edition of Deacon Digest  The story of Deacon Ed Shoener’s daughter Katie moved many when it first made news in the summer of 2016.  After years of battling mental illness, Kathleen Shoener took her own life at the age of 29. Deacon Ed wrote her obituary himself, and [...]

Deacon’s candid words following the death of his daughter are raising awareness about mental illness and suicide

Catholic Light October 13, 2016 It was the best thing he had ever written….and the worst. Just hours after he and his wife Ruth had learned of the tragic death of their daughter, Katie, who had taken her own life after a 12- year battle with severe depression, Deacon Ed Shoener sat down to begin [...]

Father’s Obituary Exposes How We Discuss Mental Illness

View original attn: article here By: Lucy Tiven@LUCYTIVEN A grieving father's obituary for his 29-year-old daughter sheds light on what we get wrong when we talk about mental illness. Ed Shoener used his daughter Katie's obituary, which was publishedearly August in the Scranton Times-Tribune, to describe her experience living with bipolar disorder leading up to [...]

Sirius XM Radio Interview: Deacon Ed Shoener to discuss his daughters suicide after she lost her battle with Bipolar Disorder

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Scranton woman’s obit goes viral for speaking honestly about mental illness and suicide

View original article on nepascene.com here. Anyone who suffers from a mental illness or loves someone who does knows how difficult it is to speak publicly about it. The stigmas and misconceptions surrounding these issues are abundant in the media, schools, the workplace, religion, entertainment, and even everyday conversation, so many people simply stay silent [...]

Grieving father’s commonsense message about mental illness is a wake-up call

View Original article from The Dallas Morning News here By Sharon Grigsby Follow @SharonFGrigsby sgrigsby@dallasnews.com Published: 18 August 2016 10:57 AM Updated: 18 August 2016 12:23 PM If you live in tight proximity to mental illness — either in your own life or in that of a dearest loved one — you probably have noticed the growing number of heartbreaking, [...]

‘A sweet, wonderful person’: Grieving father discusses suicide, mental illness in daughter’s obit

View original pennlive.com article here. By Christian Alexandersen | calexandersen@pennlive.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on August 18, 2016 at 10:37 AM, updated August 18, 2016 at 11:01 AM   The tragic story of Penn State alum Katie Shoener, 29, ended the way far too many end for people with bipolar disorder. She [...]

Father Uses Daughter’s Obituary to Make a Powerful Statement About Mental Health

By Anna Swartz View original article on mic.com here When Kathleen Schoener — Katie, to her friends and family — died by suicide earlier this month, her grieving father honored her with a powerful obituary in their local paper. In it, he delivered an important message about mental health that everyone should see. In an [...]

Pennsylvania father’s emotional obituary for daughter urges compassion for mentally ill

View  the original article from the Philly Voice here. Ed Schoener wrote his daughter, Katie, was loved by everyone, but bipolar disorder kept her from seeing that BY PATRICIA MADEJ PhillyVoice Staff   A Pennsylvania father's emotional obituary for his daughter who suffered from mental illness is earning support from people across the nation. Ed Schoener [...]

Candid obit encourages mental health dialogue

By: Clayton Over View original article from the Scranton Times-Tribune here. Kathleen “Katie” Shoener wasn’t defined by bipolar disorder. The 29-year-old was a musician who played the cello, organ and piano. She was a midfielder on the Scranton High School soccer team. She was a scholar, earning a bachelor’s degree from Penn State and a master’s [...]