Mindful moment… What lies beneath?
Two successful, well-loved, high-profile people have taken their own lives in recent weeks. Kate Spade was a designer loved for her colourful accessories, while chef, author and travel documentary maker Anthony Bourdain was loved for his kindness to everyone he interviewed, no matter what corner of the world he was in.
It can seem wrong that the death of a celebrity can affect us more than the deaths of thousands in war-torn, famine-struck countries but in many ways we feel we know these public figures.
We buy their products and watch them in our homes, we relate to them and look up to them and so their deaths personally affect us.
On a deeper level their passing is also a shocking reminder that the things we worship in modern society - success, money, fame, millions of Instagram followers - do not inoculate you from the pain of being human, nor do they prevent anyone from falling into the deep black hole of depression.
Their deaths push home the fact that we are all suffering from pain that others do not understand and as such we must try to be kind, not only to ourselves but to everyone we meet.
* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net