Suicide isn’t painless! (Part 1)

As the words of the famous song goes from the movie M.A.S.H., “suicide is painless, it brings on many changes”. The second part of that is certainly true and the first part may be accurate in some cases for the individual driven to this final act but the collateral damage is extensive and lasting.

I have unfortunately been touched personally by suicide at a couple of points in my life. The first when I was in my mid-twenties, my brother Don was twenty years older than me and in many ways a bit of a hero to me. He had, in his life been a firefighter, a career that has been…