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billhike posted:

The son of friends of ours was memorialized tonight after taking his own like last Thursday at age 22. He had struggled with mental health for a few years; his parents were quite active in trying to help him. Brian’s mom Tina delivered a wonderfully loving tribute to him - my wife and I were stunned at how she kept it together. While there were some very touching words said, it’s impossible for me to imagine the pain felt by our friends and their surviving son, and how they get some normalcy back in their lives. It frustrates me now knowing what to say to help them in any meaningful way. 

RIP Brian. 

Bill,

so sorry to hear this, it is a shame that someone so young has taken their life.  The pain and helplessness that is felt by those suffering from depression is hard to understand by those who have not been afflicted by it.  I imagine that those around the person who took their life have a hard time understanding what this person was facing and may feel some guilt in not saving this person, but it is not their fault.  My condolences to all.   I think the best you can do is say you are sorry for their loss and that you are there if they want to talk.

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