For those who might not know, Sulome was one of Mona's best friends - and treated her like a sister, welcoming her to live with her for a period of time. A million thank you to Sulome for this touching article about Mona Daniella. Our entire family is so moved by Sulome's friendship and thoughtfulness. As they say in the Middle East, "Sharafnah" Sulome (= Arabic for "it's an honor").
From Sulome's twitter account (3 posts): "In 2015, I wrote a piece for @TheAtlantic about psychiatrists being unwilling to take on chronically suicidal patients. I used one of my best friends, Mona Haddad, as the primary subject, "Margaret." Mona killed herself last September. I miss her terribly. It's taken me over a year to be able to discuss this publicly. Mona was a brilliant, strong, passionate person. She wrote beautifully and cared deeply about justice. Had she lived, she would have been at the front of every protest today. More on her here http://www.monadaniella.com As she put it in my piece, "Nobody wants to work with someone like me. It’s a risk." I hope her story will continue to raise awareness about the difficulty of finding treatment for chronic suicidality. The world lost a very special light when Mona died & she should be remembered."
September 14, 2017 marked the end of the first year of Mona Daniella's death in the Hebrew calendar. In the Gregorian calendar it will be in 8 days. We miss her now much more than when she left us. A special thank you to Mona Daniella's friend Jasper who came to New York for the prayers.
There will be a memorial in honor of Mona Daniella's (z"l) in December - she was an activist for many causes, among them in the JYQ - a youth lgbt organization in Queens, New York. JYQ will be honoring her on December 10, 2017 for those interested in attending. Please let us know if you would like to come. Thank you.
Recently, Mona Daniella's very good friend Ariella Michal Medows wrote an article in the Harvard Law Record article, which was included in the Fall Orientation issue geared toward incoming first-year students at Harvard Law School. Michal wrote: "This article is dedicated in memory of Mona Daniella Haddad, a brilliant young writer whose kindness shone light on countless lives." (Link to the article below)
Mona Daniella was a sensitive, gentle, kind, and caring person. She epitomized "Chessed", Loving-Kindness. She fought extremely hard. In a 2014 email I wrote to her that she was the bravest, the brightest, the most determined and the most resilient. Indeed she was. And much more.