It is important to list chronologically the suicide cases (with the exception of Abimelech’s armorbearer which was euthanasia- Judges 9:54). The first case of suicide was Samson who killed himself and others (Judges 16:25-30) as an act of revenge for personal pain. He prayed to God, “Lord GOD, remember me and strengthen me only this once, O God, so that with this one act of revenge I may pay back the Philistines for my two eyes” (Judges 16:28). Michael Augustine Bournes shot and killed his wife and their three children on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge because he thougth that the society initiated his pain when he was “charged and acquitted of false imprisonment and aggravated assault,” and the wife, Arie Arlynn Lee compounded it by “mocking and riding him all day.” Consequently, he cut off all communications with close relatives and friends and began to live as a recluse. This is the time that the relative and society should show concern to see what wearies him. Someone needs to talk to him about forgiveness and letting bygones be bygones.
When a friend told me one time that he was going to kill his wife and then himself, I had to create a false hope by telling him how we could replace the wife if we visited some seraglio like the Red District. When someone is hopeless, you must create hope, albeit even false. In the pursuit of their hope, they will attain the fullness of life thereof and safe the impending calamity. No one commits suicide because he or she is hopeful; Suicide and murder-suicide are very hopeless acts. It is when the individual has come to the end of themselves, and they believe that neither the society nor their own relatives can bail them out. If we were close to people, we will know what they are going through to bail them out. Let me say that your brother loses his job and he has a family. He did not need to come and sign up in church or in food bank to get food while you have enough. By sharing with him the little you have, it gives him satisfaction that he is not just a number in the society begging for food. Many people cannot take it.
St Arrey of Ntenako