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

By Anna Swartz

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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 obituary for Katie that was published in the Scranton Times, Ed Schoener wrote about his daughter’s accomplishments, and pushed back against the idea that people who have mental illnesses should be defined by those illnesses.