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A Perspective on Suicide

A powerful perspective on suicide from the authors of Eat, Think, & Be Merry.

[su_quote cite=”Shawna Morrissey”]For Jay, suicide was not a choice to die, but rather an expression of the deepest human desire to survive.[/su_quote]
[su_note note_color=”#ffffff” text_color=”#000000″]Twelve years ago this month, I lost my Uncle Jay to suicide. At his funeral, Jay’s bishop addressed us. The words he spoke are burned into my mind. He said, “I feel impressed to tell you that Jay spent his life struggling to survive. Suicide was not a choice he made, but rather a choice he happened onto when his pain was greater than his ability to cope.”

My family was watching a documentary on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and for the first time, I saw footage of someone jumping from the window of one of the twin towers. All at once, I understood what Jay’s bishop had meant. The person was not jumping from the building to die, but rather to escape the intense and consuming flames. Nobody would accuse that person of being selfish or of giving up on life.

Jay was inside a figurative burning building and he happened upon an exit. His deep need to survive caused him to take it. Many who turn to suicide are in physical, emotional or spiritual pain. I don’t think they seek death. Instead, they seek escape, so that their identity and intelligence can survive.[/su_note]

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2016-10-21T21:43:07+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on A Perspective on Suicide
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