Suicide is on the rise in the United States, up in a steady trend since the beginning of the century.
Rogue Valley resident Shoshana Alexander experienced it in her own life; her sister committed suicide. Alexander put that experience and others into an original play, "Taking Our Life: Suicide, Ecocide and Daring to Live."
Alexander and other actors will perform the play this weekend (Nov. 17-19) in Ashland.
She visits the studio along with Jodie Sneller, the executive director at WinterSpring, a program to help people deal with grief and loss.
WinterSpring features a separate ceremony for Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, Saturday in Medford.