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On May 31, I was at Roane Medical Center to be with my husband, Doug, who was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer.
I saw Bina Kirby, sister of J.T. Woods, standing outside the elevators from the emergency room. There were several family members with her as she was crying for the loss of her brother.
I hugged her and told her that I would be praying for her and her family in this, a family’s most horrific time, a suicidal death.
Many religious orders think that suicide is a sin, and therefore, the spirit does not go to Heaven. In my church, which is Methodist, we believe that if one believes in Christ Jesus and they commit suicide, they will be with our God and our Christ in Heaven. However, I am troubled by all suicide deaths.
I feel that this is a selfish act by the participant as it affects the family with grief and emotion and they feel guilt for the death of their loved one.
If you find someone in depression or someone who feels that death is the only answer or the only way out, please call this Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.
It’s never too late to help someone else. (It took me 30 minutes or so to find this hotline number. Not good.)