Submitted by Judy on 12/21/2016

We are so sorry to hear about your loss of Pete; please know that we are praying for him and all of your family.

We suffered the same loss on October 24, 2016 when our son, Benjamin, took his life at the age of 33.  He also had been “successful” in the eyes of the world: a loving brother to his eight siblings, a loving son to his parents, and a loving uncle, cousin, nephew, and friend. He was a leader who was considerate, helpful, and very funny.

He had completed his bachelor’s degree in nursing, and had been working for five years at a large hospital as a supervisor in the cardio-thoracic ICU.  He loved his job, and his patients and coworkers loved him. We had seen past signs of depression, but had no idea that his condition had reached a level that he could no longer endure.  We know that he is in God’s loving hands, and we know that we will see him again.  Today countless young people are fighting depression, and we thank you for working to help them and to remove the social stigmas associated with depression and suicide.