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Suicide: A Mother’s Struggle

Suicide: A Mother’s Struggle

Linda tells the story of her son who successfully committed suicide as a college student. Hearing this tragedy from the mouth of a mother is difficult, but necessary to understand the reality of suicide and how it could be prevented.

 

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8:30AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:10AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Linda uses the word "successful." That's what she feels. You want to explain to her how her feelings are wrong? Or do you want her to express herself as best she can?

11:12PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

As with many below me, I find the usage of the word 'successful' to be exceedingly vulgar. Be more sensible and cautious with your choice of words in the future as this tragedy does not need a positive term associated with it. I'm quite disappointed in the absolute lack of thought by the author.

7:50AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

A truly sad story and one a mother should never have to tell. There was nothing successful about it, it was a tragedy.

2:04PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Please never say successfully committed suicide. Completed is the proper term in the US as well. I have lost one family member and had several close calls with another, both due to serious mental illness. One thing that did help during the grieving was being told that the family member was in just as much pain as a cancer patient and that, just as with cancer, not everyone responds to treatment and death can be an outcome. Remembering a loved one died of a brain disorder, rather than viewing it a a choice, is very healing.

10:00AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

My heart goes out to this Mom.

5:33AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

A very moving account & comments read, of an incredibly emotive subject. Wether completed suicide (as we say in the UK) is a result of depression, psychosis or a choice, then it is always going to be unacceptable for the surviving family & friends. In the UK, many young people are killing themselves following drug use, which is a huge problem where I live & work. As a Mom & a professional, I cannot see how to help these youngsters other than ridding the streets of drugs. Psychoeducation does not sink in as they don't think it will happen to them. Counselling/medication etc..during the come down, maybe, but most go & take drugs again until something drastic happens. Any solutions I would gladly like to know

2:53AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

9:53PM PST on Nov 23, 2012

My common law husband committed suicide several years after we'd split up. Years later a close friend also did .
The hubby took the trouble to spend the last day of his life writing a screed blasting all the people he blamed for "ruining his life". He always had had unrealistic expectations of the people around him. He believed himself to be a reincarnation of Van Gogh , come back this time as a musician and expected everyone to indulge him because he was a great artist. (His skills in real life were no where close to the fantasy and because of his greatness, practice was beneath him). He was angry and depressed, but that was because his expectations were doomed to be unfulfilled .Instead of reexamining his expectations, he tried to punish those who "failed him".
My friend who died years later was bipolar. She was talented, intelligent, spiritually attuned, but unable to control the bipolarity. Meds and therapy blunted it, but they also blunted her creativity and dulled her mind. She felt like she couldn't win, like some cruel pupetteer would randomly pull her into a wild, destructive dance and wreck everything her more level self had achieved. The year before she took her life, she was diagnosed with bladder cancer . she took it on and beat it. Because it was something exoginous to her, something alien in her, she just matter-of -factly beat it back. But the bipolarity WAS her, it was integrated into her. If she could have killed just the manic half of herself , sh

9:29PM PST on Nov 23, 2012

This is truly tragic. I have a friend who had the same heart rending experience, and somehow kept on. If someone dies as a result of suicide, is this a "success"? Seems like some thoughtful editing is needed.

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