One heavy subject that does not get a lot of attention is the sad decision of suicide. People who choose death over life often leave clues as to what they were thinking. In fact, studies suggest that as many as 30% of all suicides are accompanied by notes.
Researchers say the most common reasons that people contemplating suicide choose to write a suicide note are:
– To ease the pain of those known to the victim by attempting to dissipate guilt.
– To increase the pain of survivors by attempting to create guilt.
– To set out the reason(s) for suicide.
– To express thoughts and feelings that the person felt unable to express in life.
– To give instructions for disposal of the remains.
– Occasionally, to confess acts of murder or some other offence.
Here are seven of the more famous suicide notes in history.
Dark, yes. But interesting nonetheless.
“To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?”
George Eastman, founder of Eastman-Kodak and inventor
Died April 23, 1972
“Frances and Courtney. I’ll be at your altar. Please keep going Courtney, for Frances for her life will be so much happier without me. I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU. “
Kurt Cobain, grunge rock star
Died April 8, 1994
“I myself and my wife – in order to escape the disgrace of deposition or capitulation – choose death. It is our best wish to be burnt immediately on the spot where we have carried out the greatest part of my daily work in the course of a twelve year service to my people.”
Adolf Hitler, Nazi leader
Died April 30, 1945
Vincent van Gogh
“La tristesse durera toujours.” (The sadness will last forever.)
Vincent van Gogh, painter
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“I must end it. there’s no hope left. I’ll be at peace. No one had anything to do with this. My decision totally.”
Marilyn Monroe, movie star and sex symbol
Died August 5, 1962
Hunter S. Thompson
“Football season is over. No more games. No more bombs. No more walking. No more fun. No more swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No fun for anybody. 67. You are getting greedy. Act your old age. Relax. This won’t hurt.”
Hunter S. Thompson, author/screenwriter
Died February 20, 2005