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Re: What would you tell a suicidal person? Neal

Posted by SLS on May 25, 2009, at 8:37:44

In reply to Re: What would you tell a suicidal person? Maxime, posted by Neal on May 25, 2009, at 2:23:06

> One thing I think mentioned was how devastated the survivors will be; it can really make a suicidal person take pause, if they really think about it.

I never thought it should make a difference to take into consideration how my loss would affect others. I am more selfish than that. My resting in peace takes precedent over others' living in peace. Now, I realize that several times, I chose not to commit suicide until after my grandmother died. So, here, I really was taking into consideration how another would be affected by my loss. After reading many accounts of suicidal thinking on Psycho-Babble, I have taken note of just how many people are saved by such thinking. It really can make the difference between life and death.

> Another is that whether you believe in God or not, life is sacred, and so is each person.

My personal spirituality has been another life-saver for me. I do believe in God. For me, it doesn't make sense not to. I do find that life is a gift. It is a brilliant exercise of God's handywork. Still, I don't think He would find fault with someone taking their own life. Again, this is a part of my persoal spiritual belief system.

Religious affiliation and the attendance of formal services has been demonstrated to be associated with a reduced rate of suicide according to research studies. It has a greater impact than does spirituality per se.

- Scott




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