This painting was created by Heidi Dyas-McBeth after her brother Kyle died by suicide.
Initially, I thought that And Tomorrow Comes Again would be written journals and audio diaries of suicide survivors working through their grief. But that’s because I talk and I write.
After interviewing Wes Schultz of the band The Lumineers, and talking to him about how he and band mate Jeremiah Fraites used music to assuage their grief after Jeremiah’s older brother – and Wes’ best friend – Josh died of a drug overdose, I came to realize I was limiting expression. I don’t know if Josh’s death was accidental or due to suicide, but in talking to Wes, I realized that there are so many different paths through grief, and making the project about the written and spoken word was doing a disservice to suicide survivors who speak with a different voice.
That being said, And Tomorrow Comes Again has shifted its focus to include art and music and film. It may shift again at some point. I don’t know. I just know I want anyone who wishes to be included to feel that what they have to say is relevant and not limited to how I communicate, which was a shortsighted point of view.