Ronald de Jager
“Suicidal thoughts (and suicide) come from the (mis)belief that there would be some one who can enjoy the relief in some kind of afterlife, so death could be a solution for the painful life, and therefore life could be exchanged for death. But if there is only life, if there will be no ‘I’ in death who experiences the relief, then there is nothing to exchange. Then there is only the pain and sorrow for the ones who are left behind (and they may find out how to cope with that). How painful life may be, you have to cope with it. There is only life, it is all you have. Once the flame is blown out, it’s gone.
These words may not be welcomed by many, I guess. But I myself have gone through the gates of hell, so I know what I’m talking about. I have survived and more than that.”