World Mental Health Awareness Day


I have chosen to post three short letters that Doron’s late father wrote after Doron’s untimely

death.

DORON

Dearest Doron,

Of course we miss you terribly. We are happy that you have found eternal peace. You bore your suffering bravely and did all you could to cling to life. When you realized that your suffering had no end, you took the only way out. I LOVE YOU.

Dear Doctors,d

We thank you for all you tried to do for Doron. Hopefully in time, human knowledge will progress and be in a position to help other seriously ill psychiatric patients. Unfortunately, you failed to give me or my son, Doron, the feeling that you were really trying. Such a feeling would hae alleviated his suffering and may have helped the medication do what it was supposed to do.

Doron’s bereaved father.

To the burial society. (Chevra Kadisha)

I feel that  you could fulfill your duties with more compassion, bearing in mind that you are dealing with bereaved families. Sadly, we found that similar observations made by other bereaved families were justified.

A bereaved parent.

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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

3 thoughts on “World Mental Health Awareness Day

  1. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

    Jill – The letters from your husband speak the truth so many families face when they lose a child to mental illness and especially if the end result is suicide. The forgiving letter to Doron is compassionate and filled with unconditional love. I must admit, I’ve had my fill of psychiatrist who only want to collect a pay check and won’t honestly work to help the patient that’s a real love in our life. Your family and I have met far too many. Thankfully we now have the most compassionate psychiatrist – we’ve been blessed in this department. I’ve seen mortuary after mortuary and other burial organizations treat the death’s of individuals who’ve committed suicide with less than the proper respect and dignity. This is something I abhor and want to scream. I’ve seen this with our veterans. I’ve seen it when the elderly can no longer stand to live with their pain (both bodily and loneliness) and of course I see it over and over when the individual suffers from an illness that’s no fault of their own.

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    1. Jill Post author

      Sheri, your writing is filled with love and compassion snd I thank you for that, especially when you are going through such a difficult time yourself. If we were able to meet, we would probably talk for hours. Thank you.

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