Terrible news

I’m visiting my granddaughter in Wisconsin today, and I got some heartbreaking news from family out West just yesterday, which I’m not going to share. Sorry. Personal family tragedy.

I noticed, though, that my grandnephew Alex (who is fine!) made a birthday request last week on Facebook for donations to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255)’. What a peculiar and good thing for a teenager to do…but sadly appropriate right now.

I’ll just mention that, and let it go. I’m in a strangely helpless place right now.


  1. JoeBuddha says

    If what happened is what you’re implying, my heart goes out to you. I’ve been there and it’s not fun. Take care of yourself and your sanity.

  2. DanDare says

    Best wishes and commiserations PZ. Having a large network of followers online is probably little help. Be close to your real life peeps.

  3. twoangstroms says

    Sorry that you’re facing a tragedy, PZ. Please remember to take care of yourself as well as others. That’s too easily overlooked.

    That cause is a worthwhile one and thanks for sharing.

  4. angusdoig says

    Sorry you’re going through this right now, but I wish you the best of luck in dealing with it

  5. christoph says

    So sorry for your loss.
    BTW, there are some very good suicide prevention videos on YouTube, a lot of them by a user with the name “Psych2go.”

  6. opposablethumbs says

    I’m so very sorry, PZ. I hope there is lots of loving support there in rl for those who need it right now, including support for you too.

  7. psanity says

    Oh, PZ, I’m so sorry.

    I want to remind you, and everyone, that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and most local crisis helplines wherever you are, also offer counseling and support to survivors of the victims of suicide.

    It’s such a helpless feeling. It’s good that you’ll have a grandchild to cuddle for the next few days. Travel safe.

  8. nomdeplume says

    You know all your online friends are thinking of you and sending good wishes your way.

  9. Jazzlet says

    Sorry your family has had a tragedy. Alex is clearly a thoughtful lad. Hope Iliana is thriving and giving you some comfort just by being her adorable self.

  10. maireaine46 says

    So sorry to hear of the tragedy in your family. Glad you are with daughter and family now. Cherish them.

  11. brightmoon says

    So sorry for your loss. These types of tragedies always affect you more than you realize. Please take care of yourself .