SUICIDE, MENTAL HEALTH AND THE CAREGIVER
by – Sheri de Grom
Compiled from journal notes, April 26, 1996, Washington, DC
Burdened by my bulging briefcase, I’d hoped to get a jump on the day. We were celebrating our tenth anniversary tonight and I wanted to arrive home early.
Tom wasn’t in bed as I prepared for work but many mornings he’d be up early working in his shop. That morning would soon prove to be an exception to the rule.
I slowly made my way downstairs from our bedroom and paused at the second landing to adjust my heavy load. Looking down into the small sitting room, I had a clear vision of Tom as he sat in an easy chair. There was no mistaking the pistol in his lap.
I knew not to startle him. His finger played with the trigger. I held my breath. My mind raced. My…
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