Yesterday I got news that a child of an acquaintance of mine had committed suicide. He was 37.
To lose a child is unimaginable. To lose someone you love by their own hand, is incomprehensible.
My heart is breaking for her even as I know that I cannot know what she is going through. In a few hours I will attend the funeral and already my chest hurts knowing I will see in her face unfathomable pain. What can I say to her to acknowledge the rending of her life into a new before and after because her child died? I am sorry for your loss is not large enough for any death, but it’s what we say. Because we don’t know what to say.
No words can be adequate, so I will do what I can.
I will bear witness to her grief. And grieve with her.
I will ask people to click on the photo below to learn about suicide prevention & coping with loss. My ignorance is complete. The least I can do is understand this half of her tragedy and hope I never need the information.