Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sadness and Shock in My Town
I had heard some rumors but nothing definite until today. My daughters brought home papers with the confirmation that one of our local high school boys committed suicide this weekend. We are a very small community so the whole town is in shock. I am very saddened by this though I do not know the boy. I am sad that my children received pamphlets on how to deal with suicide. I got information on how to talk to my children about it and how to define it. The sister of the boy is in 5th grade as is my oldest daughter. So, the school talked to them specifically about how to talk to and treat the girl when she returns. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to this family. This is definitely something I do not know how I would deal with. I imagine the grief is more than it would be in an accidental death. Whatever the situation we must all remember to NOT blame ourselves. I think I worry about that the most. I would hate to see the family members in anyway blame themselves regardless of the situation which I do not know any details. Anyway I just got these papers from my girls. It's such a shock and so hard to know how to talk to your kids about. It's rare enough to lose a kid like this in a community of our size, but for it to be by suicide it's even more difficult to explain to children.