Today I had a recipe that I was going to share with you, but I’ll put that off to another day and because I wanted to share personally with you. I just returned from a funeral of a 19-year-old kid who took his own life last week. He was a friend of my son from school and work. I didn’t know this kid real well, but I heard a lot about him from my son. Recently a coworker of theirs passed away and my son and this kid really leaned on each other through his death. I was really shocked the other day when I heard that this kid took his own life. My son knew he battled depression, but he was still shocked and saddened. Two deaths in two weeks is a lot for anyone to handle. My son has had his school and work friends to lean on this week.
I was really struck by the family sharing how he died in his obituary and talked about suicide prevention. There was no pretending or denying in their part, they said he battled depression and the disease won when he took his own life. The grandmother shared a long prepared statement at the funeral. She said that they are not ashamed. They are devastated with their loss, but they hope that by openly talking about it that others might get the help they need. They said that if their kid’s death can help another person from taking their own life, that he didn’t die in vain. I wanted to share this with you. Maybe this will help someone who is reading my blog right now.
If you or anyone you know suffers from depression or has suicidal thoughts, please get help at 800-273-8255 or www.suicidepreventionhotline.org. Please help raise awareness and erase the stigma of mental illness.
This kid who passed was one of biggest Cubs fan in the world. Cubs gear was worn by many at the visitation and funeral. My son wore a Cubs tie and I wore this. If you are feeling down and need talk, find a friend, call the hotline, or even feel free to email me.