A lack of understanding surrounding a suicide.

There is a great deal of stigma and a lack of understanding surrounding mental illness and suicide. Someone was actually heard to say the following while visiting a family whose child had taken his own life.

“If he wanted to die, why are you so upset?” The family also heard; “Time will heal,” and “You have other children so ..

Another person mentioned that committing suicide was an act of cowardice.  How could anyone even think something like that? I don’t agree that it is an act of cowardice. I think that it takes a great deal of courage. I imagine my son standing somewhere up high, making that terribly difficult, heartbreaking, yet brave decision to end his suffering. Maybe he also felt that he was relieving us of an emotional burden; maybe he could not longer tolerate the voices in his head.

I was quite sure that no fear, pain nor sorrow could touch me after that most traumatic and painful experience, but that was simply not true. Life is made up of all kinds of tragedies. What I do know is that we will remember and love our son David forever.

1 thought on “A lack of understanding surrounding a suicide.

  1. Tony

    God bless you. You have an understanding that most refuse. It hurts when you are what is left behind. When putting yourself in the loved ones shoes, it is hard to see past your sorrow. You saw past it. It is an enormous request, of someone who is in pain, to ask them to endure such pain. So that the rest of the world can go on. I am truly sorry for your loss but am hopeful that David’s pain is no more.


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