A recent news article talked about a 51-year-old woman who was planning to kill herself last weekend. She has a
When my son was growing up, one of his and my favorite pastimes was visiting graveyards, especially those where people among our family and friends were buried. It still is, even now that he has his own family.… Read more
You’ve probably heard about Brittany Maynard, the young woman with terminal brain cancer who decided to commit suicide earlier this week.
As I started writing this post my sister told me an elderly cousin, closing in on 100 years, had just died. She lived a good, long, and happy life.
Brittany, at the other end of the spectrum of life, was only 29.… Read more
Deathbed of George Washington
Image by Junius Brutus Stearns
I recently read an article about the death of a 21-month-old baby girl in Texas. She’d fallen into her family’s swimming pool, was revived and rushed to the hospital.
The doctors, after many weeks of various medical procedures, decided she could not survive. She’d gone without oxygen too long, and her organs had shut down. Yet she was still alive.
Her parents begged the “authorities” to end her suffering. They refused. The family decided to remove her feeding tube because, in Texas, that was their only legal alternative.… Read more
Objections to suicide, including assisted suicide, range across the spectrum—religious, legal, spiritual, practical, and so on. It’s a contentious subject with widely varying and conflicting opinions.
Years ago, in a message I found very comforting, Spirit spoke of suicide. Read it here.
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We welcome your comments and thoughtful opinions, whether you agree or disagree with us.… Read more
Last weekend around the dinner table, I was talking to some of my family about death. Not a subject most people want to sit around casually discussing at dinner. But death comes to us all, and we all think about it, at least now and then. Not necessarily in a somber, macabre way, but in simply acknowledging death is part of life.
A reader recently wrote us this letter:
“Have you published anything about suicide? A friend of mine is depressed, and he’s considering it. I think it’s foolish unless there is absolutely no hope, and that’s an extremely rare case at best.
“Are there occasions when suicide is the only solution?”
We are delighted to offer you, for your consideration, our view of this often weighty subject.
Our reader asked if there are occasions when suicide is the only solution.… Read more