Life is Hard & So is Death

I am sure everyone has heard about Kate Spade and her recent passing. She passed recently from apparent suicide at age 55 in her own home.  Kate was an iconic fashion designer best known for her sleek and modern handbags. She started the company in the 1990’s, it grew into an international brand and retail chain, which was sold in 2007 for approximately 125 million to Liz Claiborne Inc.

I don’t actually own any of her bags or accessories, but I did/do covet quite a few. How could you not! Beautiful bags with clean lines, super soft leather and roomy interiors. Or maybe you want a little bling, flowers or a flamingo! All with a starting price tag of about $300.

But it was the article this morning on ET Canada that really got to me. “Andy Spade Gives Heartbreaking Statement On Wife Kate Spade’s Death: ‘We Can’t Even Begin To Fathom Life Without Her’”

“This is the truth. Anything else that is out there right now is false.,” he continues. “There was no substance or alcohol abuse. There were no business problems.”

Despite reports Kate left a suicide note addressed to their daughter Bea, Spade says he has not seen it.

“I have yet to see any note left behind and am appalled that a private message to my daughter has been so heartlessly shared with the media,” his statement reads, before asking for privacy for the couple’s daughter.

“My main concern is Bea and protecting her privacy as she deals with the unimaginable grief of losing her mother,” he states. “Kate loved Bea so very much.”

– Andy Spade

The media response and the social media response has been overwhelming. Some of it was amazing and heart warming!  I wonder if Kate knew she was so loved and respected and that she had made such an impact on so many lives. But then the details released possibly untrue? Was there a note? What did it say? Do we really need to know?

NO WE DON’T. It’s a family matter.

Let them grieve in peace.

I thought this was beautiful:

In her 2002 Glamour Women of the Year interview, Kate Spade said: “I hope that people remember me not just as a good businesswoman but as a great friend—and a heck of a lot of fun.”

Kate Spade was an amazing, talented and smart business women. Can we not give this family some peace! This 13 year old girl lost her mother at a very influential and hormonal/emotional time in her tween life and now she has to read all the junk posted and speculated about in the news and social media about her mother.

People should be a shamed of themselves!

If you need help, please reach out to someone you care about. There is also many organizations there to support you. The CBC article I read had some great links if you need help, of who to contact and the warning signs to watch out for. I have listed them below.

Here are some warning signs:

Suicidal thoughts. Substance abuse. Purposelessness. Anxiety. Feeling trapped. Hopelessness and helplessness. Withdrawal. Anger. Recklessness. Mood changes.

Where to get help:

The toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (Phone), Live Chat counselling at

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: Find a 24-hour crisis centre

Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS) (French): 1-866-APPELLE


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ET Canada Article: “Kate Spade’s Husband releases heart breaking statement”Kate Spade’s Death: ‘There Was No Indication and No Warning,’ Says Her HusbandCBC Article: Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead in New York

How to Stay on Top of What’s Trending

Trends are some of the key ingredients to social media and promoting business, ideas, awareness and campaigns.  How do we capitalize on current trends and keep track of social media feeds when it all changes so rapidly?

There are some strategies and tips to help you monitor social media and use trends. Social Media the Next Generation 5 Steps to Keep Up

These aren’t rocket science.  It’s about staying connected, online, offline, to your business, and community.  Listening to your audience and what they’re saying.  Learning to follow the right people and seeing what their tweeting about.  Connecting to people in meetings and outside of meetings.  Oh… and of course… talking to “young people”!

7 Ways Ad Agency Pros Stay on Top of Social Media Trends

Of the 7 ways to stay on top of social media trends, the tip I found most useful was the use of an RSS reader (like Google Reader).  I really enjoy reading blog posts but sometimes there isn’t time!  This site has suggested Google Reader can help in following 300+ blog sites by organizing them into categories.  I’m not sure I’m about to go following hundreds of blogs, but I always enjoy tools to help organize and sort through to optimize my time.  Check out How To: Get the most out of Google Reader for more tips.

There’s more tools than just Google Reader!  How about the 5 best apps to staying on top of social media trends that are bound to help!

Do you have any apps you use to follow trends?  Organize your social media feeds?

Once you start to see what’s trending on social is when you can start joining your campaign and capitalizing on media.

Like today, my social media is filled with Robin Williams comments, movies, thoughts, pictures.  It’s no wonder with the sudden news of his death that mental health awareness campaigns will spread their message together with the trending news.

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 Williams’ death brings mental health issues to the fore

How do you use trends in your business?