The loss of a friend
Facebook is littered with goofy photos, proud parents and a ton of trivial, but fun 'stuff'. Occasionally I'll come across a note that stops me in my tracks and that happened this week. A former co-worker posted a heart-felt note. He'd lost a friend to suicide.
I have my ups and downs like most people but I've never been in that point of despair...the point of no return. I can't imagine the terror, horror and internal struggle one goes through to reach that point.
The post reminded me of a video I shared last year that was created by the Rock County Coroners Department. Assistant Deputy Coroner Tony Farrell, Sr. does an excellent job of pointing out the stats and giving us signs to watch for if someone is contemplating suicide.
Here's the video:
The holiday season is full of cheer and joy but it's a time of reflection and sorrow for many. Try to catch the signs. I pray that Tony's department isn't busy this holiday season.
Steve Knox was born, raised and landed back in Janesville. He encourages you to participate as he writes on Janesville and beyond as this Generation X guy supports his Janesville mission, global vision. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.