The Kevin Hines Story

This man is in the 1% who survived a jump from the Golden Gate bridge, and he learned how very precious a gift life is. He thought no one cared, but he soon knew that everyone cares. "The very millisecond my hands left that rail the only thoughts in my mind were, 'What have I just done?'  I prayed, 'God please save me I don't want to drown! I made a mistake.'" "The depression was gone.  The only thing I wanted to do was survive. I learned very clearly that suicide is never, nor ever sh...
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Thoughts on Suicide Prevention

'You know, Seth, I almost lost my little brother.  I don't think I'm gonna go anywhere for a while. I'm just gonna sit here with you for a bit.' "For the first time I recognized that there was a world outside of myself. There were people that cared about me and loved me and wanted me to succeed and live. The mere fact that they reached out to me in love, that is what did it. What my brother did is what changed my life." So many people need that love, that attention, that comfort.  This...
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Sweet Is the Peace the Gospel Brings

By Sandra J   “Sweet is the Peace the Gospel Brings” is a phrase of a hymn I have often sung to myself since our oldest son took his own life in January 2014.  His death was totally unexpected because we all saw him as being a strong person.  His life was full of many good things, including his three wonderful sons, a strong family, many friends, a successful business, church callings, and coaching his son’s sports.  Who would have known he was suffering from sleep deprivation to the ...
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On Suicide

By Robert P Virtually all major world religions view suicide as a major sin, with some going further by labeling it a kind of murder—a mortal sin leading to sure condemnation. In my life I have personally known about half a dozen people who have killed themselves. I do not think they are condemned to hell and are currently roasting in some lake of fire and brimstone. Having known them, such a scenario does not feel right, and is not consistent with a God of love as I understand Him. Fortunate...
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How Do I Cope with a Suicide in My Family?

Name Withheld “John’s gone.” I slumped down into the closest chair, holding the phone to my ear. “John? Gone?” Vibrant, healthy, so full of life, just six weeks after his 38th birthday . . . must have been a terrible car accident . . . “He hung himself. [Long pause] I’m so sorry.” The reality slowly sunk in. My brother-in-law John – graduate student, in the prime of life, with everything to live for – wonderful wife, four charming children ages four to twelve, a promising career ahea...
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Can God Help Us Work Through Death and Grief?

By Andrew B. When I was 17 I was given a responsibility in my church.  Along with two other boys, I was asked to look after and serve the other young men in my congregation. One was named Ryan. He was an outgoing, kind, 16 year old, but he struggled with his faith in Jesus Christ. He decided to no longer attend a church and began participating in a variety of things, including drugs and alcohol. Along with an adult leader, we three boys planned how we could help Ryan. I was given the assignme...
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