zid thats tragic and horrible. its not too late, but he needs help. how old is he?
List of family/friends lost to the Watchtower cult? (suicides)
He's 51 now - my poor little brother... Not much hope there... I tried talking to him in the 80's shortly after I'd left - not to leave the JWs, but at least to get away from the parasitic parents... But the WTBTS' advocate honoring one's father and mother, and they are still JWs, so he never got away.
Oh, and then there's me. I never OD'd, but I used to meander out into traffic without looking when I was around 13-16 years old; just miserable over the internal stresses within our family, and the congregation... Didn't care whether I lived or died. Things really improved for me after I left the religion... Zid
I was about to say its tantamount to, but forget that, it is child abuse, plain and simple, when a child is not allowed to flourish and leave home. If you love your children you let them develop. I can see after 51 years, how he actually must be institutionalised. - I hate how they play the honour your parents card, but what love have they shown him? -
Im glad you got out Zid, I always felt my own parents were unusually strict even by JW standards, I was 33 until I defied my mother, my unhappiness in the faith manifested in other ways. constant need for escape, pleasure seeking, making work my life..
Having lost my own brother when I was younger, I feel for you so much xx
Little sister attempted suicide on one occasion with a kitchen knife to her throat. She's convinced her life will get straightened out (mental illness) if she does EXACTLY what the elders tell her to do.
A family man in good standing, as far as I know, stabbed himself in the stomach with a knife.
An elderly woman in good standing O.D.'d on pills. Had a history of mental instability.
A 17 year old who shot himself in his bedroom was discovered by his little 5 year old sister. He went to meetings but was not baptized.
A very good friend, mother of a two year old, committed adultery with a bible study, but couldn't face the humilation of a JC and took an overdose and died.
Her father, a non-JW, who I knew well, losing his daughter, beacame serverely depressed, gave up on life and died a few years later.
Do you think the GB gives a crap about her?
Not a bit.
She was just an embarassment to them in the small community where she lived and pioneered.
Wanna bet that she didn't even get a JW memorial? Horrible.
My parents tried to hold on to me too hard and I sprung away, far far away. But I'm mentally competent and can hold my own on my own. How horrible to hold onto someone who has problems upstairs. They, like my sister, may never get free. She lives in the same city, which is too close.
JOHN MAUER he was an educated man. A scientist who later went into teaching. This poor man never got over the death of his wife in childbirth. She had refused a blood transfusion due to JW doctrine. I do not think he ever forgave himself for allowing it. He was ministarial servent.
4 I know of .
Ex-Bethelite-international construction worker, young elder killed himself driving into a concrete bridge. Left a note. I wrote a poem for him and his wife for their wedding.
Another young man tortured conscience because of looking at porn killed himself taking medication and going to sleep in a pool.
Another young couple drove off to Fla and killed themselves with carbon monoxide in a storeage container. Left note.
I knew all of these.
I would likd to add my Nephew, I thought he was safe from the guilt of the WB$ but he took his life about 18 months ago and left behind a journal stating that he felt outcast from the family....all witnesses... Hope you are at peace R.R