By Kimber Wesley
When you lose someone to suicide it’s a wake up call. You realize that people aren’t here forever and you shouldn’t take someone’s presence for granted. You realize that it’s important to tell people how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate them. You never know when your last time with them will be. Anything can happen, that’s just part of life
It’s really different when you’ve lost a friend to suicide. Usually when someone dies, it couldn’t have been prevented and there is nothing you could’ve done to help.
But suicide can be prevented. You feel like you have failed to be a good friend, even if you weren’t close to that person. You really learn a lot from losing a friend to suicide — it’s a very hard thing to go through.
What I have learned from my experience of losing a friend to suicide is to tell people how much they mean to you. If you don’t, you’re left with a heavy feeling on your chest because it hurts to know that you have so much to tell someone but you can’t, because they are gone forever.
Losing a friend to suicide opens your eyes and makes you view the world, life and the people around you differently.