Sunday, June 15, 2008


Thursday, April 12 one of my high school students (a graduated senior) took his own life.

I heard the news while with our youth on our service project trip in Ohio early on Friday morning. Plans were made and we cut our trip early by a day to be here for the funeral.

I am rewinding and winding my memories of David in my head, wondering if there was more that I could do, or say or reach out to him that would have changed the outcome. I mourn, deeply, for the waste of the gifts of leadership, writing and music that he had to offer that are now gone. I struggle with why such an amazing, gifted student felt that there was no other option than ending his life.

David suffered from depression. As Pastor said in his sermon today, "David succumbed to the illness of depression. Depression took David's life." I was and am thankful for those words of comfort in this time of deep grief and questioning. I am thankful for the assurance of David's faith and am comforted by the knowledge that we will one day rejoice together in heaven.


MattCario said...

I'm really sorry to hear that Hannah. I fear the day I get that same phone call. I'm praying for you!

Jamie Lynn said...

Ditto to Matt. I'll call you soon to check-in and get your mind off it all! *HUG*