Frank Page’s ‘Melissa’: suicide and God’s love

NASHVILLE (BP) — “I love you, Daddy.” “I’m so proud of you.” “Thank you for being there for me no matter what.” Surreptitiously handwritten expressions, seemingly from the grave. Melissa Page Strange had written the sentiments on yellow sticky notes to her father Frank Page. He would discover them more than a year later while settling in his Nashville office as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, months after Melissa had committed suicide at age 32. “Oh, how I missed my little Melissa in that moment,” Page writes in “Melissa, A Father’s Lessons from a Daughter’s Suicide,” due for release June 1.

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