There are at least two problems with this interpretation. First, Durkheim took most of his data from earlier researchers, notably Adolph Wagner and Henry Morselli ,  who were much more careful in generalizing from their own data. Second, later researchers found that the Protestant-Catholic differences in suicide seemed to be limited to German-speaking Europe and thus may always have been the spurious reflection of other factors.  Despite its limitations, Durkheim's work on suicide has influenced proponents of control theory , and is often mentioned [ by whom? ] as a classic sociological study.
Hi Scott, I have spent decades thinking about this kind of thing, since 30 years ago after my failed attempt. I needed to understand myself and explain to others. One of the best things I’ve read is ‘night, mother a play/movie that is on YouTube now, which is a fictionalized conversation between mother and daughter as one prepares to kill herself. Second, I think its important to realize that suicidal people don’t want to be stopped. Or travel the world, or explain themselves, or keep trying. That is the irony of suicide (or divorce!), that people seem less depressed when they start to consider suicide because it offers a sense of hope. I think almost anyone can understand when someone is taken off life support, or wants to quit chemotherapy or in some other fashion does not want to fight a painful illness. If you can accept suicide there, why not elsewhere?
Born and raised in Japan, Tatsu Yamashiro (born Hikari) showed a natural ability in the martial arts at a young age. She grew close to two brothers – Maseo and Takeo Yamashiro. - and eventually fell in love and married Maseo. Jealous of Tatsu choosing Maseo over him, Takeo became one of the Yakuza's top enforcers and brutally murdered his brother. Tatsu stole the very blade that killed her beloved and transformed herself into a warrior to enact revenge. The sword known as the Soultaker is cursed: The Katana blade does not just slaughter its victims, it traps their souls. Tatsu can communicate with her dead husband whose soul is trapped inside.