The only thing worth adding to that is that, in some few cases, it may actually be true that the family, friends, and children would be better off without us. Everyone who is terminally ill has to consider that possibility. You know your end is near – is the time you have left worth the financial devastation of everyone in your circle of influence? Do you have a right to bankrupt everyone you’ve ever met, just for one more week?
Whilst reading about the tragic death of the great Robin Williams I repeatedly stumbled upon the narrative of choice. Places like Psychcentral spoke about suicide being an “insidious choice”, but a “choice” nonetheless, so much so that they repeated the word to drive the message home. Meanwhile, whilst perusing social media I repeatedly came across variations of “people who commit suicide are selfish”, “how can anyone do that to their family?”. These sorts of comments make me twitchy. We’ve all heard them before.
In my own case they were personalised and weaponised, “How could YOU do that to your children? Do YOU not care about them?” I did, that was the problem. For some time I had felt like a millstone around the necks of my family. I loved them, but hated myself and could only see the ways I made their lives worse. After 2 failed suicide attempts in…
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