Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I've posted a number of blogs covering assisted suicide but few regarding the potential impacts of a suicide. The following, taken from Colleen Mastony, Witnesses to suicide: A man takes his life, and those who see it are forever haunted, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 15, 2009, recounts the aftermath of the suicide of a 23-year old man in Chicago:
[T]he many strangers who witnessed his death still wonder who he was and why he chose to die. For weeks they posted messages to an online news comment board, sharing their questions, their sympathy and shock. Their lives, they say, will never be the same.
One man makes a point of telling his children that he loves them before he hangs up the phone. A doctor spends extra time with a patient who seems sad. An 11-year-old boy goes to bed praying for "the man under the blanket."