This is going to be hard to hear, and I am sorry I’m the one who’s saying it, but someone you care about WILL commit suicide at some point in your life. It hurts my heart to say it, but there is profound truth to it. Based on statistics alone, it is something most of us are not lucky enough to completely avoid. The real tragedy here is, most of you may not even know it when it happens. I have been affected deeply by suicide many times in my life, and can tell you, in even the most blatant of cases, it is always covered up. Sometimes for insurance reasons, sometimes for the sake of the family, but for the most part, even when it happens, people don’t want to talk about it. That, my friends, is why this epidemic will never go away. A huge step to facing a problem is admitting something is a problem, and that is a step we are all somehow still hung up on as a society. That is also why I am choosing to talk about it right now. It may break us to know someone we care for would choose life over death, but to not admit that is to pretend it’s not a problem, and honestly, it is a problem. It is BEYOND a problem. As I have said before and will say again, it is an epidemic. With that thinking in mind, I wanted to write an article for those still here after someone kills themselves. The family and friends of the fallen. I wanted to take a minute to offer some genuine advice to those left behind. Because, sometimes, truth be told, the people who commit suicide get off easy. It is those of us left behind who will be haunted and burdened by the loss. This article is a shoulder for THOSE people. In other words, all of us.