Where Do You Stand With Suicide?

Hello, I know, a really cheery subject.
But I'm kind of lost. I'd love to know your opinions on this touchy subject.

See, 2 months ago I thought suicide was a stupid, permanent solution to a potentially temporary problem.
But a month ago, a very dear friend of mine who was amazingly intelligent and wonderful killed herself at the age of 59. I know she was in very poor health, and that she had problems with her family abandoning her. Other than that, I have no idea why she took her own life.

I don't believe in god, heaven or hell, of course. So it leaves me wondering what to think about it all? What are my options for how to think about suicide?

I'm interested to hear what you might think.

Thanks, Fruitloop.

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Comment by Jeff on July 28, 2008 at 7:48pm
Yeah, what a cheery subject. Here in Michigan, we had a certain doctor...named Dr. Death. He assisted many people commit suicide because they were in very poor health and were in a lot of pain. They were of sound mind and simply did not want to live with the pain anymore. I have absolutely no problem with this.

As an atheist, I don't believe in heaven or hell. So I don't believe a person will go to hell if they were to commit suicide. I know if I were terminally ill and was bed stricken, I wouldn't want to live my last days wilting away. It's truly sad that we as humans don't have this choice. That's just my two cents.
Comment by Neece on July 28, 2008 at 6:48pm
Thanks Lauren, I agree with you.
Thank you Jared. I appreciate your perspective.
Comment by Jared Smith on July 28, 2008 at 5:50pm
Thats very interesting. I think that we as atheists have a very different look on death, suicide in particular.
When a suicide takes place, the abrahamic believer will assume that his/her soul went directly to hell. But because there's no hell, whats an atheist to think?

Suicide is a touchy subject whether you're a believer or not. Something like that has never happened to me so I can't speak of any personal experience. But I've done some research about suicide motivation and there could be lots of reasons. You said she was in poor health and was abandoned by family. It could be that. It could be curiosity about the hereafter or just that, in her opinion, she had no more reasons left to live.
I've looked up suicide notes and there have been people who thought that they had done what they were supposed to do in life and find no reason to live any longer.

This is just rambling of course. It could be any reason. If a close friend of mine committed suicide, I would be crushed. But I guess I would try to find comfort in the fact that while they were around, we had good times and that I showed them kindness. Thats what really matters.
Comment by Lauren on July 28, 2008 at 5:26pm
Well, I know many people who say suicide is selfish. But I think it's rather selfish for us to expect a person to stay alive for our sake, or because it will make us sad.



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