Opinion: ‘I’m never going to be the same, am I?’ Book helps those who lost someone to suicide

The Columbus Dispatch


In January 2020, while attending the funeral of a young teen who died by suicide, I thought about what I could offer this mother and father who were saying goodbye to their only daughter.

 I listened to classmates of the teen’s comfort each other and question what they could have done differently to save their friend’s life.

As I reached the mother of this young girl, I introduced myself and said, “I’m sorry.”

Before I could continue, the mother interrupted me, took my shoulders with her hands, and looked me in the eyes and simply asked, “I’m never going to be the same, am I?”

I looked back at the grieving mother and quietly said, “No, you aren’t.”