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Suicide

I am dazed and numb; my middle son has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.   Why…?

That crisp, sunny February afternoon seven years ago surges to the forefront of consciousness with the death of Robin Williams.  It is impossible to avoid some of the commentary that so disturbs me.  It seems so easy for some to judge so harshly.  I am stung by the comments of cowardice.  My son was not a coward.  His toxicology showed no illegal drugs or alcohol.  His medications were all within prescribed limits.  He was deeply depressed.

There are no easy answers to the ‘why?’  But there is  the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, www.afsp.org.  Coincidentally, a very special person in my life lost her nephew, Seth Ordway,  to suicide.  In Seth’s memory, Cindy Young will be doing an ‘Out of Darkness‘ walk in Sacramento, on October 4th. (For those who may be interested in participating locally, there will be an ‘Out of Darkness‘ walk in Santa Rosa on October 11.) You may visit Cindy’s personal page by clicking here. I  proudly sponsor her fund-raising efforts for this amazing organization.

If you would like to join me, I would be honored if your donation was made acknowledging my son, Brian Thomas.

 

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