To the editor:
Recently, a death occurred in my neighborhood that has affected me deeply. Although I had been planning to write regarding the construction of another unnecessary tall building at Ninth and New Hampshire, I cannot do so.
In this time of family get-togethers, holiday activities and celebrations, let’s not forget that it can also be a time of great loneliness for some. Holidays are also the time when suicide attempts peak, when people without meaningful relationships, enough money or fulfilling work or those with serious health problems or any circumstances that isolate and disconnect people from each other are at the greatest risk.
I had only spoken with the person in my neighborhood three times since moving here during the summer. After three years in the house, other neighbors knew him perhaps slightly but not enough to suspect any problems. Due to the circumstances surrounding his passing, there has been nothing about it in the news nor can details be given here, but the thought of aloneness so severe and persistent that the person sees no hope for the future or redeeming quality in themselves is devastating.
The absence of this person is palpable, as are all losses when the person is well-loved or well-known to us. The irony is that he is just now being noticed because he is gone. I urge all readers not to take their blessings for granted. Pay attention to your neighbors. Be kind. Take and interest. Maybe save a lie.