Thursday, May 3, 2012

Junior Seau: Another Sad Ending

You just never know what's going on in someone's mind. Sadly, that fact became evident again yesterday as we learned of the apparent suicide of  former NFL linebacker Junior Seau.

The words of San Diego Charger Coach Norv Tuner, who worked with Seau, stated the feelings we will hear from so many more friends, colleagues and family member in the days to come.

"I have no words to describe the passing of Junior Seau," Turner said. "It is a sad, sad day not only for me but for the whole sports community. . . . I can tell you no one had more character and true leadership ability than Junior. He brought passion to the game of football that was unmatched.

"His commitment to charitable causes in the community was inspiring. It was an honor to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

But in the end... we will never know where the dark thoughts began or why they would lead to his final decision.

Last year we had a suicide in our family. The effect is profound and long-lasting. There was a tweet this morning from @shanethevein which said "Killing yourself doesn't end the pain. It passes it on to others."

So very true.

To read about my personal experience with the death of my uncle, please read:
"The Word Which Changes Everything: Suicide" on Yahoo Voices.


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