Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Personal Posting: Suicide is not Painless

Kim Hessen 3rd Grade maybe 1977
This goes out to everyone that lost a friend or relative in this way.
Contrary to the theme from MASH it is rarely painless. Definitely not for those that are left here to ponder what if, why, how could I have helped or just bewildered that a good friend could do such a thing and not tell anyone about it.

I just found out someone I have known for nearly 35 years killed herself some time ago. Probably happenned during my sojourning in South America or Israel or EMEA, but I was pretty unacountable for about 6 years at a time when the consumer side of email was nascent and my time zones were all over the place and my friends had moved on from Florida, well most of them, post college circa 96-2001.
My fault for not staying in touch better I guess. Just figured some day it would all work out.

For my friend Kimberly Sue Hessen, it didn't.

I don't know all the details, and at this point may never, but it just goes to show that no matter how low you may be, someone is really worse off somehow in some way.
The void left by her affected her family, friends and colleagues.
One day they're here, next day they're gone.
How fleeting life is, and how sad, someone chose to forfeit the miracle of life granted to them.
I can't touch base with everyone from the past, but I can do my part to remember my friend and keep her memory alive, even in a digital format.