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Joni Eareckson Tada: Why Suicide Is Everybody’s Business
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:00:14 AM »

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Joni Eareckson Tada: Why Suicide Is Everybody’s Business

Society’s moral resolve hinges on the interdependence of the sick and the well.


Just a few months ago, Britain announced the appointment of a Minister of Loneliness. The post reflects a rising epidemic that’s unique to 21st-century Western society: Many of us are hyperconnected online but simultaneously disconnected from substantive community. We have dozens of “followers” but few true friendships. We can connect with the world with the touch of a button—or the command of our voice—and yet we hardly know our neighbors. The net result? Loneliness. The increasingly common response: suicide.


Each year, more than 44,000 people die by suicide in the United States. It is estimated that 25 times that number attempt suicide each year. And the numbers have steadily risen since 2006. Add to that the number of individuals who have chosen physician-assisted suicide—in 2015, 301 people died under Death with Dignity acts in the states of Oregon and Washington alone—and we’re facing a lot of people who have answered “Why not die?” with an empty silence.


The vast majority of suicides of elderly or terminally ill people or those with disabilities occur quietly within homes and institutions, far from the media, the courts, and the public eye. These are hurting, despondent people who never make the news and only rarely appear on your Facebook feed. These are the ones living a quiet desperation: The woman with cancer, seesawing in and out of remission. The young boy in a semi-comatose condition, making eye contact, half smiling, and then drifting away again. The carpenter who broke his neck falling from a second-story window and now, abandoned by his wife, lives in a nursing home.


I, too, have lived in this space of despondence—particularly during the first ...

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Re: Joni Eareckson Tada: Why Suicide Is Everybody’s Business
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2018, 09:07:55 AM »
A challenging article that provides us all with something to think about.

How fit for access are our church buildings.
Do we have suitable meetings for the elderly etc.
Have we those who will visit the housebound.
Are we part of this team?

But there is another side to this, just how willing are the lonely to attend church?
How willing are they to be involved with church before they need it?

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