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Leaving Behind No Answers

By Ginny Sparrow, Editor, AAS’s newsletter, Surviving Suicide, survivor of her mother’s suicide in 1995 when she was 26

No survivor of suicide has skipped this question. Even those who received suicide notes are forever pondering what was in their loved one’s mind? Human beings are supposed to be self -preserving… we move our hands away from the flame. How could someone so close to me do something without at least a reasonable explanation (does one exist?) or a goodbye?

After years of regrets, confusion, anger and sleepless nights after the suicide of my mother, I decided to not decide. There were a number of answers as to why, none of them worthy of such a move. Perhaps in her mind, though, the situation deemed the act. Perhaps in her mind, she would rather not feel anything than feel the pain that life was causing her. On the outside, she certainly seemed to have it all. I’m sure she felt guilty for her misery, knowing others struggled more than her both financially and emotionally. I was once told that the reason suicide notes are usually non-existent or make little sense, is this: if they were in a right enough mind to try and write a rational explanation, and found there is none, then they wouldn’t follow through. It would seem silly once on paper, other options would perhaps appear. After all, journaling is supposed to be a fabulous way to express oneself, although I personally can’t stand the chore. My thoughts look so self involved and small on paper, I’d just assume keep them to myself. And perhaps there is the answer. Our loved ones thoughts were expressed, just in a permanent, violent way. Maybe journaling didn’t work for them either; they kept their thoughts to themselves. So if you catch me giving stuff away, particularly my Coach purse collection, put me on suicide watch! Never fear, I express myself fine. I complain a lot. And I write. I just don’t journal.

The act of suicide is, essentially, selfish. This is their way of self- preserving. The flame is their life. They have convinced themselves that others will be better off without them. Read Struck by Living, a memoir by Julie Hersh who attempted several times and she’ll tell you how convincing her sales pitch to herself could be.

So I’ve decided to let it go. I’ll always be a little mad at her for it, and I’ll never understand how she could do it to me. But I’ll let it go. For me, it’s just easiest that way.

Comments

12/16/2017 at 2:02 PM
Rodney
Where to begin? On the evening of November 28th 2017 my fiancé took her life. She was an amazing person who I can honestly admit was a selfless person. She loved helping people. She would've probably given the shirt off of her back if you asked for it. She leaves behind her 7 year old son. We had been dating for 5 years. Two years ago I asked her to move in with me and last year I asked her to be my wife. She said yes! I had it all planed out, we were in the process of buying a new house. Once we closed on the house I was going to take her to go get a huge diamond ring. She refused one when I asked her to marry me. She wasn't never to big on jewelry. She would've preferred a video game. I had it all planned out for us. She was the one I could see myself living out my life with. She never shown any signs that would have indicated that she contemplated suicide. Like I said she almost always had a beautiful smile on her face. I had a rough day at work and came home and found her drinking. I was of course frustrated so I left to go calm down at my brothers. I came back a few hours later and she was like a completely different person. Just saying cruel things like she wanted our relationship over. So rather than staying home to fight I decided to go stay at Friends. A few hours later I got a phone Calle that I'll never forget. It was the AK state troopers requested my presence at my apartment. The trooper notified that my fiancé had taken her life that night. To this day I keep going back to that day wondering if I could have stopped her from doing so. I have immense feelings of guilt. Never in a million years would I have ever thought she would've have taken her own life. I miss her so much it hurts. I lost my little family, my future wife to be that night.
08/19/2014 at 2:22 PM
Natascha Watson
I totally agree Margaret , when we lost Greta she was and had been completely lost with the world and nothing any of us could do to change it was going to help , because she ultimately felt like all avenues had been exhausted , I loved her and STILL TO THIS DAY LOVE HER , not a day goes by where she doesn't pass through my thoughts or leaves her smile upon my lips and I continue to take my daughters and husband to her memorial and tell them of all the fun times we had all those years ago . And yes it hurts just as much today as it did the day she flew away . I miss her , it wasn't enough, I blame myself somewhat still and honestly I'm not over loosing her . But to say that she was selfish to end her life is frankly BS , the one thing that AMAZING WOMAN was not , was selfish . She made the BIGGEST impact on my life and for that I'm eternally grateful. Love u Margaret x Forever & Always Tasch xx
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