Have You Considered Suicide?
People rarely talk about this.
After each death ~ my 18-month-old daughter Erin's in 1990, my wife Trici's in 1999, and my 13-year-old son Rory's in 2005 ~ there were periods of time when the pain I was feeling was so deep and intense, seemed so insurmountable, and my future looked so hopeless that I contemplated suicide.
As I look back, I have learned that THIS IS NORMAL AND COMMON.
I held on, and each time decided that suicide was not the answer for me.
In time and with much healing work ~ life returned. And it can for you, too. This I know for sure.
If you are feeling suicidal, "Hold on. Hold on. Hold on."
Reach out to one other person and let them know what you are thinking and feeling.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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Sometimes people just can’t fight anymore. They’ve endured plenty and have decided to see what is next for them. Sometimes people aren’t able to follow through committing suicide and have been saved by friends, family members, strangers; Doctors, nurses or paramedics… and those people have been given the opportunity to fight more and stay in this world longer.
I don’t see shame in “deliberately” crossing into the next world. Some needs are stronger for some than others. Letting someone know that it’s OK to stop fighting and struggling and hurting is, in my opinion, one of the most selfless gift one can give to another human soul. At the same moment, letting go of any anger after a loved one has deliberately crossed over is one of the most beautiful and considerate gifts you can give to yourself.
Hurting hurts. It’s no secret that some people need to let go because they’ve hurt and suffered through so much pain, agony, constant sadness and “being strong” for such a long time… Why can we help our beloved Mr. Wiggles cross over to doggie Heaven but not our human friends? That doesn’t seem fair. At all.