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How My World Fell Apart After My Cousin Died by Suicide

On the morning of March 14, 2015, I lost a piece of my heart. I remember the phone call as if I had received it yesterday. The words my aunt spoke over the line couldn’t have been more traumatizing.

“Matt’s dead. He killed himself,” she said.

With those words, my world fell apart around me.

Soon after Matthew’s death, I’m ashamed to admit, I felt incredibly resentful. As much as I tried, I couldn’t understand what led him to such a painful conclusion.

Gradually, I came to realize Matt had been struggling with mental illness. Had he been healthy and received the treatment he needed, I believe he would not have made this decision. After sustaining two traumatic head injuries, his mental and physical health had been compromised.

For a long

Family life suicide

My Cousin Died