They say friends are the family you choose, meaning you get to choose your brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, second-cousins once removed, and so forth. You share in the joyful times together, and their pain becomes your pain. So that makes it all the more difficult when you watch them go through something truly traumatic and heartbreaking.
*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
Reddit user, u/monpy22, wanted to know:
Definitely Not Good Parents
Her parents telling her they don't care when she mentioned being suicidal.
I can't even imagen how much that must have hurted. Parents are suppose to love their children, and care for them.
Turns Out To Be Bigger Than We Thought
Turned out the headaches weren't due to stress from her new job. She died from complications of glioblastoma, a brain cancer, 4 months later.
Glioblastoma is a b-tch. My dad made it a year, but only barely. I'm very sorry for your loss.
A Deep Slope
She got shot five times while in the line of duty. They were issuing an arrest warrant on a well known drug dealer in the community. Somehow the drug dealer got tipped off and were waiting to ambush the officers. She got hit three times in the vest, once in the shoulder and got a graze wound to the temple. It f-cked her up hardcore. She became an alcoholic and attempted suicide a few times. She finally got some help and now works as State Park Ranger, which she really enjoys.
A Competition To Forget
my friends mom was a professional horseback rider and at a competition her horse crushed her. on her way to the hospital she told the ambulance workers to tell her family that she loved them because she knew she was going to die.
Feeling Like You Should've Stayed Overseas
A friend of a friend came home from his deployment overseas to the murder suicide of his parents.
Never A Car Ever Again
Lost both parents in separate car crashes in the span of 6 months.
That's the type of story that sparks a lifelong fear of cars.
Once You Learn What SIDS Is, You Can Never Unlearn It
One of my closest friends daughter stopped breathing during a nap. She had the owlet monitor on her foot that let him know something was up. He got to her quick and did cpr. The paramedics had to break down his door to get to them. She died in the hospital a few hours later. He spent some time shortly after in the hospital because he was suicidal. It was just a totally devastating life event. He is doing a lot better these days.
An All-Around Awful Year
I had a friend a number of years ago who was the youngest of five kids.
Her oldest brother and his buddy, who was an old family friend, were out walking in NYC one evening and got mugged. The brother ended up getting shot in the chest at very close range with a .45 or similar caliber weapon and died in the spot. The buddy got away, and called the cops, but it was too late. In the middle of the investigation the buddy stopped talking to cops as it started to be suspected that he had something to do with the mugging, and the crime wasn't ever solved.
Her other brother was super close to the brother that died and he himself died of an overdose less than a year later.
So the family turned their annual family camping trip into a trip where they took city kids who'd never been out to the woods out camping for a week.
I think it was the second time they did this that her dad died of a heart attack driving back after the trip.
Later that year, her mother died. She had no apparent medical issues, and my friend believes that it was simply from a broken heart.
Wait, PET Turtle?
My friend came home from work one day to find that his dad and brother had made soup with her pet turtle, safe to say she's no longer in contact with them.
For The People In The Back: WEAR A MASK.
A friend, his dad, and his sister all died of COVID-19 within a week of each other in April.
Sorry to hear that bud.
Thanks. He left behind a wife and three sons. I always have them in my thoughts and prayers.
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If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/