forced to apologize.
I have to believe that name calling isn't helpful. Williams or Cobain aren't going to hear it. And those currently suffering through depression? I can only imagine that making them feel worse about themselves isn't the way to encourage them to seek help. "I'm so depressed that I think I might end it all. Can you help me doc?" "No! And get out of my office, you selfish piece of s*&%."
But I'm certainly not suggesting that animosity towards those that take their own lives isn't a normal reaction. The thing is, I'm not sure, nor is anyone else, what the right way to feel is. The living are left with so many questions, often unanswerable questions, that must gnaw at their being.
I bring you Blessing Mussari's "Eloquent Notes of Suicide," a short story that takes the form of an investigator's case file notes as he tries to determine what drove a sixteen year old girl to take her own life. He looks for clues and while he fixates on the fact that the girl had given up talking (the result of some traumatic event?) he doesn't find solid answers and becomes consumed with the case. There's a twist at the end but I'm not sure how I feel about it. I actually felt the story was provocative and poignant enough without it. The end was somewhat confusing and distracting. Maybe such is suicide.