Over the weekend, a long-time colleague, committed suicide. As I look back, this is the sixth individual that I’ve known (none well) or been somewhat acquainted with that has done this. Four were in their 30s and 40s, and 2 were older. The two older ones may have euthanized themselves. Both were in pain, and one was quite old.
At least 2 of the younger ones suffered from depression. Two were married, one had children and grandchildren, and the other had 4 children still living at home. Of the 4 who were not married, 3 were in midlife. All were members of the LDS Church. I’m not sure about their activity rates, but I’m sure all were still affiliated with the Church.
I realize this is a small sample size, but I wonder about the half who were unmarried and in their 30s and 40s? Of course, we care about them all. Depression is an ugly disease. But I particularly wonder about those that were not married. I hope they have found the peace that they so obviously needed.