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  • More questions than answers

    Forrest Hershberger|Jul 8, 2021

    When life appears normal, and suddenly isn't, the door opens for countless questions, questions that often go unanswered. The sudden loss of a close friend or family member makes those questions even more glaring. The family of Cheyenne "Chey" Matthews faced these questions recently when they received the phone call every parent dreads. Their beloved daughter died by her own means on June 19. Chey as her friends and family called her was born in Sturgis, S.D., and grew up close to motorcycles....

  • You're not alone, Mental Health Can be Complicated, But There Is Help

    Forrest Hershberger|Jul 8, 2021

    The loss of a loved one leads to a multitude of questions and emotions. Among them are the “20-20 hindsight” questions. They “If only I had...” “Why didn’t I..?” “Why didn’t he (or she)...?” The survivor’s guilt as some call it, can result in a trauma of its own, according to Nichole Peralta of Karuna Counseling in Sidney. Peralta is a therapist and trauma specialist. “I think hindsight is horrible,” she said. Peralta and Liz Borgmann, who is the local volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and...