Sharing on International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on Saturday, Kay Warren, co-founder of California’s Saddleback Church, recalled that her late son, Matthew, was the funniest and most courageous person she has ever met in her life, and said that while the suicide rate is alarmingly high in the country, there is hope because suicide is preventable.
Matthew, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound nearly a year ago, was the “funniest person I have ever met,” she told the audience at the Saddleback Church, which she co-founded with her husband, Pastor Rick Warren.
“He was creative, he was kind, he was highly intelligent. He was my baby, and at the center of our family through the years of his struggles… Matthew was the most courageous person that I have ever known… I don’t know how he lived as long as he did,” Warren added.
“Matthew really didn’t want to die,” she added. “He told me over and over and over again that he didn’t want to die but that he just wanted the pain to stop.”
On April 5, 2013, he used a gun that he bought illegally and took his life, she said.
She added that she had earlier been able to “talk him off the ledge” several times, but this time it was different as he had taken a lethal way to end his pain.
“When he died, a part of me died, too,” she shared.
The “broken mental health system” added to their frustration, she went on to say.
“My only real comfort and solace is that I’ll see him again, and that when I die, we’ll be together because he is in the arms of his Savior and my Savior Jesus Christ,” she said, adding that she is speaking up for the mentally ill because she doesn’t want anyone else to have a similar moment-by-moment struggle.
But there is hope, she stressed. “Suicide is preventable.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post