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July 29, 2014
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I don’t want to meet you, professionally

Edward Howell

It comes down to personal perspective and individual choice.

I do not wish to stand in the place of judgment as it relates to victims of suicide.

My message, however, is this:

There is help. There is hope. There are consequences for each of our decisions. No one can make this decision for you, but please consider the gift that life truly is. Each day, babies are born. I never met anyone in a maternity department who said of a newborn, “This life is worthless.”

Life is just as precious as the years go by. Sure, it doesn’t necessarily become easier, but it gains value each day. I can promise each reader this—you mean something to someone. Please don’t wait for that person to be me. I don’t want to meet you professionally.

[Edward Howell is coronor of Wayne County, PA.]