Last month, as I awoke startled to the phone vibrating under my pillow I heard words I never anticipated. Through sobs and barely coherent, my aunt’s shaky voice pleaded with me to come right away.
Jason killed himself.
Jason escaped his earthly haunts by removing himself from his earthly body. As the minutes, hours, days, weeks pass by I process - sometimes by doing, sometimes by reflecting - on my life, on his life, on everyone’s life and choice to live.
As I process, as I grieve, I implore all who are contemplating this very act - there is help. There is hope. Make the call. Find an alternative escape, one rung of the ladder at a time.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline