"I'm still trying to process Karen's loss, and move forward ... and now [another student has died by suicide]. I'm numb. When they say there are no words, there are no words." Lila McCain, Massachusetts, lost her daughter, Karen, a high school senior, to suicide last fall.
"In my made-up version of the story, he didn't fake it. He got the zombie virus and did what he had to do to save us all. That's just easier to face than the real-life zombies of the plague that is depression." Mortbane's Miscellany blogger, who lost her father to suicide five-and-a-half years ago.
"It was very hard to take. Back then there was a huge stigma attached to mental illness, and it compounded my mother's grief that nobody would even mention James's name afterwards." Liam Brazil, County Waterford, Ireland, lost his brother, James, 35, to suicide 25 years ago.
"I spent most of my days in a daydream state of mind, believing that every time I saw a shadow or a figure that resembled my son, he would be back home to be with his mum soon." Annie Mitchell, Scotland, lost her son, "Finlay," 26, to suicide in 2000 (see her book Holding Back the Tears).
"We choose to remember Maggie by the wonderful manner in which she lived and not the tragic way in which she died." Charlotte Moyler, Williamsburg, Va., lost her daughter, Maggie, 17, to suicide two years ago.
"The best thing [my wife Alex and I] found was a support group of people who had suicide in their lives, so it wasn't psychologists but just other people who had experienced the same thing as us." Jim Paterson, Adelaide, Australia, lost his son, Rowan, 18, to suicide in 2010. (See the Patersons' CD with The Borderers).
"We need to look outside of the box and try something new, something different -- like looking at rejection, identity, and suicide together." Robin Theis, Hillsdale County, Mich., lost her 31-year-old son to suicide in 2009. (See her book Surrendered Identity.)
"Please seek therapy if you need it. This is not a weakness, but a struggle." James Holleran, Allendale, N.J., lost his daughter, Madison, 19, to suicide on Jan. 17.
"Mental illness is a disease. Addiction is a disease. And losing someone to it is tragic, but it does not make them, or us, weak. All we can do is rest in the knowledge that their fight is over and try to leave room in our hearts for the knowledge that whatever length of time they managed to fight this disease was heroic." Tresa Edmunds, Modesto, Calif., lost someone close to her to suicide last month.