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Losing My Daughter

By Meredith Romero, Albuquerque, New Mexico

My name is Meredith Romero and I lost my 12-year-old daughter to suicide on May 11, 2010. She was a month away from her 13th birthday. We just went through her first year anniversary and her birthday which would have been on June 10th.  After she hung herself, she didn’t die immediately, instead a day later from complications resulting from the hanging. We later found letters she had written. They were not so much suicide letters but letters telling us she loved us. We also found out of an incident that involved a boy that may have contributed to why she did it.  We will never know if she meant to do it or if it was an accident in which she intended to scare me.

Whatever it was, she took her own life. She showed absolutely no signs of depression. If anything she made plans for the week and weekend. Words cannot express what I feel. Not only did I lose my child but I lost her to suicide and I found her. At first, I questioned myself asking why and trying to figure out if there was anything I could have done to prevent this since she did it right in our own home. I was full of guilt for many months going back into the past wondering if I failed her as a mother. The first thing I wondered was if the life I gave her was worth living. I was a single mother, her father had little involvement in her life, and when he was in it, he usually did not make it pleasurable.

I never in a million years thought I would be the survivor of my daughter’s suicide. Through therapy, I have come to the realization that I couldn’t have done anything to prevent it and that I was a good mother who did the best I could. My daughter and I were very close and her loss has created such a void in my heart. I thought I knew her well but I still question that. I think the hardest part of dealing with her suicide is the “Why?” I replay that day over and over and just can’t understand what would make her decide to end her life  I know she loved me and she was a very happy child.  One of the things I can’t cope with is people judging my daughter and making her seem like a bad child. I have feelings of anger at her for doing what she did, but more than anything I feel sadness and ache for her. This has taught me that you can’t hide from suicide and it can happen to anyone. I know she is in heaven and watching out for all who loved her and miss her.


06/03/2018 at 9:31 AM
Kathy Gallo
I lost my 22 yr old Brianna on 5/10/18. She hung herself in her college apt. When we went to get her things it showed she was living like a hoarder.I'm so upset because her roommate was an RA.I knew she was stressed about finding a job but never thought she would do this.I found out she didn't even send her resume to the career svcs at the school for assistance. My last conversation, I yelled at her for lying to me. I have so much guilt.She always talked about how much fun she was having at college, I thought she was partying and not taking responsibility. I'll never forgive myself.
05/20/2018 at 3:25 PM
Remi Pariseau
On April 4th 2018 when I came home at 23:05 I was outside my house when I heard a noise, approximately 10 minutes later I found my 23 year old daughter hanging from a rafter in our basement. after CPR for some 20 minutes and the arrival of paramedics they attempted resuscitation for some 25 minutes also. I knew my Josee-Maryse was depressed but never really thought she would hurt herself. Life sucks right now but I have to stay strong for my other 21 year old daughter who is coping as best as she can. I am seeking professional help and I am back at work as staying home to long is not good for me. I live in northern Alberta and there is no local support group for this kind of loss. Ill post more in the near future.
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