By request of Blacken the starter of this thread,
I am going to try to close this thread on a positive note. After this note is posted I will lock the thread.
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Now, to try to put "closure" on such a topic...
First of all, everyone's contributions to this thread are greatly appreciated. Suicide is a triggering topic to say the least, for some more than others. It's also a subject that is very subjective & personal, eliciting a obviously wide variety of opinions. It's not been an easy thread to post to or to read. But it seems it has been worth it.
Secondly, for no other reason than that it is/was the topic, and a sense of moderator duty, I want to remind everyone, especially anyone who may have been really triggered by this topic, to seek help at a local crisis shelter or emergency room if you are having strong suicidal feelings & urges. Please.
Third, whatever our views about it, suicide, and what happens afterward, compromise things that are unknown to us, if not by belief then by personal experience (obviously, since we're all still here). What we do all experience personally,
in whatever ways, is the NOW.
May all of your NOWs be healing, recovery, peace, fullness & life.
"I can't stand pain. It hurts me."