Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sing a Song; Light a Candle

Tomorrow at 1:00pm, the family and friends of Colton Wilson will say goodbye to the boy they only had the pleasure of knowing for a short 13 years but will love forever.  Tomorrow, at 1:00pm, say a prayer, sing a song, light a candle.  Anything. Just do something to say goodbye to the young man most of us never knew but will always remember as yet another life that ended far too soon.

For those of you who would like to leave online condolences for the family, there is a facebook page set up in his memory.  I'm sure that they would love to hear from you all.

I read recently that suicides for 2011 were at a 40 year low.  I find that hard to believe but am ecstatic if it's true.  And, yet, to the family and friends of young Colton and the myriad other suicide victims of 2011, that number is completely meaningless.  The goal, my prayer, is to get the number of teen suicides down to zero in 2012.  Perhaps that's unrealistic, but if we keep that as our goal and work feverishly towards that goal, we will see the number drop significantly in the coming year.  That means less families and friends who have to suffer an excruciating pain.  That means less young lives lost because of suicide.  Now, THAT'S a New Year's resolution!!