"Mom and Dad, I am so, so, so sorry for this. Please don’t blame yourself for this but I have decided to take my own life. This has nothing to do with anyone. It is completely my choice. I have had no joy in life for some time now and I feel terrible for being a disappointment to you. I don’t like who I am."
These words haunted Mike for months. His 16 year-old son - his bright, athletic, kind, strong boy - had taken his own life. Mike’s son was gone and a part of him died with his boy. A tough-as-nails welder, Mike cried the day he found his son hanging from the rafters of their garage, screamed at God for taking his boy, and railed against himself for somehow letting this happen. But Mike showed his tears to no one, and kept his anger, sorrow, grief, and sense of guilt to himself.