Kaj Kunnas and Paavo Nurmi's new book Encounter II, which will be published on Tuesday, interviews numerous successful Finns who have overcome difficulties.
The book is a sequel to Kunnas' first book published in 2017.
One of the most memorable chapters in the book is an interview with Kati Lahti, 54, the sister of the late singer star Kika.
In the interview, Lahti recalls the family's childhood and tells about his warm sister to his big sister, but also opens from Kika's last night.
Kikka, real name Kirsi Sirén, died on Saturday, December 3, 2005. She was 41 years old when she died.
Lahti reveals that she saw signs of her sister's unstoppable difficulties well before December.
- I knew that Kirsi had a fierce mental struggle and had a bad substance abuse problem.
The problems had been with him since his youth.
Kirsi was very anxious.
He sought solace in intoxicants.
It scared me the most, Lahti describes in the book.
- A month before Kirsi's death, I told my family that the end was near.
I knew and knew it, Lahti says in the book.
Kirsi Sirén was known in public as Kikkana, but she was always Kirsi to her sister. Photo: Timo Hämäläinen
Kika and her daughter were to visit the village on the day of her death near Lahti.
The night before, Friday, the sisters had a long, one-and-a-half-hour call.
The tone of the call was anything but cheerful.
- I heard from his voice that everything is not well.
Kirsi told me how much she loves me and how grateful she is for our moments together.
He cried profusely, Lahti reveals.
Kika's despair startled.
- I was worried about Kirs' gloom.
I asked if I had to go to Tampere with him.
According to Kirsi, there was no need for it.
We agreed that we would see around ten the next morning, Lahti recalls in the new book.
Lahti admits she was embarrassed after the call, but her husband comforted her and said everything is sure to be fine.
However, the call was the last of the sisters.
- I slept really restless the next night.
Kirsi no longer woke up the next morning, Lahti says in the book.
Kikka in 1991. Photo: Erkki Raskinen
Death was a huge shock to everyone.
According to Lahti, the time after death went in the fog.
Lahti admits that he also felt guilty about his sister's fate.
- Of course I felt guilty.
The fact is, I couldn’t save my sister.
I had tried my best, but to no avail, he notes in the book.
In the book, Lahti says that she has been in psychotherapy for years and has received support from her family.
Good memories have also been brought about by the good memories and the fact that the sisters were sincere and honest.
- The deepest discussions we had during Kirsi's last years of life.
There was a strong sense of togetherness and mutual trust between us.
Kirsi knew that I'm by his side, even when he has made bad choices.
We held one until the end.
Lahti reminds that grief does not go away.
She still writes and talks to her sister every day.
- I also want to believe that Kirsi can hear me.
He is still present.
Kikka made a long call with her sister on her last night.
Photo from 2002. Photo: Timo Hämäläinen
Kikka underwent severance treatment several times during her life and received help with her problem.
He was still sober for long periods of time and also sobered up before his death.
Kikka died of a heart attack at the age of 41 in December 2005. The lifeless singer was found in the morning by her daughter, then 9-year-old Sanni Sirén.
The story of Kika is also recorded on the big screens.
The film, which will premiere in 2022, will be directed by Jussi-awarded film director Anna Paavilainen and written by Maarit Nissilä.
The film is called Kikka !.
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