I don’t know anyone who has not been touched by suicide at some point in their lives which makes it a difficult topic to approach. I still want to try though. I feel it’s incredibly important because people do want to talk about it and this blog has always been an safe place for people to express their views and share their feelings.
I am sorry to report that one of the regulars here lost her father to suicide last week. This got me thinking on this topic though I think about it a lot anyway. Also, a few days after this gal’s father died, there was a suicide attempt in my inner circle so you can see how this subject has come to the front for me, yet again.
I figure people’s thoughts about suicide are derived via their personal experience. This is interesting on it’s face because people routinely form opinions on things when they have no personal experience. On this basis alone, the topic is going to engage people as it hits close to home for most.
Some people have been suicidal, some are suicidal right now. Suicide is against the religion of some and supported by others who believe in the right to die. It’s a broad topic that can be approached from numerous angles but what interests me most today is to look at this from the survivor’s perspective.
I have been touched my suicide many times. I was a teenager the first time someone near me killed themselves and while I dealt with it okay, this gal’s mother never recovered. I think this is understandable but also regrettable and it had a big impact on me. Basically, I did not (do not) want to lose my life because someone near me chooses to take theirs.
Because of this, I have developed very strong beliefs around suicide and I almost want to suggest others do the same because suicide is on the rise for a number of reasons. Increased incidents means your odds of being impacted are also increased and I just hate the idea of someone blindsided by this to a point where they can’t recover.
I’ve written about this before – Suicidal Baby Boomers, Murder-Suicide As An Exit Strategy, tag – . You can also search “suicide” on the boards but what how people feel about this. Is it gauche that I have braced myself in this way? Is it sensible? Inspired?
If you were to lose someone close to you via suicide, how would you cope?