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Suicide doesn’t end pain, it multiplies it

People say suicide doesn't end the pain, it just passes it on to someone else.

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The widow of an Army officer who killed himself concludes:

People say suicide doesn’t end the pain, it just passes it on to someone else. Well, it isn’t just “someone else.” It’s the spouse, kids, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, friends, colleagues, and classmates — everyone whose heart has ever been a part of your life. And the pain doesn’t just pass along, it multiplies by every person who has ever loved you.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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