Hug Your Children

Today, I will be attending a viewing for an extended family member. It will be my fourth funeral since March. I’m not going into too much detail, but a young person in my extended family committed suicide on January 5th. The family member was only eighteen years old.

Since the original lockdowns in March, the suicide rates in my division have skyrocketed. People are losing their jobs, losing their freedom, and losing their ability to cope. Sadly, some decide they have no other choice, and they think the only way out is to end their lives.

To say this is a terrible tragedy for our family is a gross understatement. The family member was a terrific kid, a great surfer, and a brilliant person. I cannot fathom what the parents – also great people, by the way – must be feeling right now.

Hug your children. If you know someone having difficulty during the lockdowns, this is the site for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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