Oh , Kat, I'm sorry to hear this. A dear friend
of mine , lost her adopted son to suicide just
eleven days (I think -as I always get the wrong
date) before Christmas.
--- Salkin Kathleen <[log in to unmask]>
> This weekend I'm going through something I go
> through every year that I've
> been dealing with for 15 years now.
> 15 years ago a good friend I'd known since high
> school days, committed
> suicide. He was on drugs and killed himself
> because he couldn't deal with
> his life any longer. The guilt for those of us
> amongst his friends and
> family was tremendous. For the longest time, I
> felt as if I could've some
> something to turn him away from the drugs and
> suicide. I was angry, too.
> How could he do this to us? But over time I've
> come to the realisation that
> it was his choice to do the drugs and commit
> suicide. True, it was an
> illness but it was his choice, and he did it.
> This is the reason why I'm so
> hard on the drug addicts and alcoholics. They
> are addicted, true, but it is
> their choice, and those of us who love them are
> hurt and left with the pain
> and dealing with the repercussions.
> Yes, I did go through counselling, and have
> learnt to put the past behind.
> It's just that whenever the anniversary rolls
> around, I get a bit depressed
> for a few days, and it's the same for his
> family and other friends. His
> was a life truly wasted. He would have been a
> brilliant writer if he had
> not made the choices he did.
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