I wrote this poem after hearing about another tragedy and beautiful young life lossed. His death was by suicide. 

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A Life Stolen

Suicide is a slow gradual painful decline

of a life and identity once known.

A body slowly losing the ability to feel

and know the spirit still living inside them,

feeling nothing

but emptiness,

their spirit faded from within their soul,

no more thoughts of hope, faith or living.

Death has called them,

and they answer.

Without their spirit of life,

death overpowers and wins.

Bipolar Disorder loses another battle

fought courageously so many times before.

The bomb inside a Bipolar brain

explodes destroying the life it surrounds.

Another beautiful life stolen

by the disease

inside a bipolar brain

and overtaken by suicide.

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I congratulate and praise his parents for printing in his Obituary that his death was caused by suicide due to suffering from Bipolar Disorder for so many years. There is nothing to be ashamed of.

More people need to do the same as his parents are doing so we can increase awareness and education about mental illness, reduce the stigma of mental illness and end suicide.

I also congratulate his parents as they chose to say his death was “caused by suicide” and did not say he committed suicide. The words “committed suicide” sounds like someone committed a crime and suicide is not even remotely close to a crime.

A person who attempts suicide or dies by suicide is experiencing deep emotional pain, hopelessness and usually severe mental illness and feels that suicide is their only hope from the escape of their severe pain. This type of intense debilitating pain and mental illness does not make someone a criminal. Suicide is not a crime.

Please be sensitive to the language you use when speaking about suicide.


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