A SUICIDE SESSION
Written by Warren Sager
MODERATOR: Works as an emcee to ask questions of the panel and perhaps lead a discussion afterward.
GUEST #1: A non-believer or atheist, who has lost his job and coincidentally also lost his wife. He is very bitter and has completely given up. He is considering suicide.
GUEST #2: A teenage girl who has Christian friends and non-Christian friends. She is not a believer and she is feeling the pressures of teen-age life. Having just broken up with her boyfriend, she feels that pain and the pressures of schoolwork and grades and getting into college and she is feeling rejected and unloved and is considering ending it all.
GUEST #3: A Christian man and very family oriented. His child was killed and the grief is unbearable. As the father, he blames himself and thinks it would be better if he was gone.
GUEST #4: An elderly person who feels unloved and rejected by family. Perhaps he or she is living in a nursing home in poor health and nobody visits this person. So, it seems that a suicide attempt (overdose of pills) would be the best option to escape and get out of the misery.
MODERATOR: We are here today to talk about a very serious subject: suicide. I have some guests here who I will be interviewing about what is going on in their lives and what they have been contemplating. Let’s hear from our first guest. We will call him, Tom.
GUEST #1: I just figure I have nothing to live for anymore. What’s the use?
MODERATOR: Tell us what happened, Tom.
GUEST #1: Okay. It was like this: Everything was going great, or at least I thought it was. Suddenly I get laid off. Zip! That’s it! 20 years down the tubes! I can’t get another job! I don’t know how to do anything else and I’m too old to learn anything new. I tried, believe me I tried. But being at home and without work… well, I was getting depressed. Not having a job is really demeaning to a guy. My wife was trying to be understanding, but it was really hard. She was a peach. I would have fallen apart sooner if it wasn’t for her. She was my whole life. That was when she was diagnosed with cancer. What little savings we had was quickly drained with medical bills. I just didn’t have the strength to be looking for work while my wife was sick. I was getting sick with worry. And that was it! She lost her battle to cancer and died in just six months! If there is a God, He must hate me or something. I don’t believe in that stuff anyway… and this kind of clinches it for me. There is nothing more in this life than what we have now. We live and we die and it’s over. Well, as far as I’m concerned, my life is over already. I’ll just speed things up and end it now. I might as well. Maybe there is something out there, and I can join my wife. Or I can just be rid of all the pain. That sounds really good to me.
( To be continued…)