Thw WTS likes to play games with their statistics. One interesting but truly tragic is the number of Jwhovah's Witnesses who commit suicie.
Now I suspect that if a person commits suicide shortly before or after they are disfellowshipped then the elders would say that person wasn't a Witness or that they had done something so terrible that they were too guilty to admit it and by their action of committing suicide they pretty much declared they were no longer a JW.
Yup fancy talk to make sure any crap didn't fall on them.
So my question.
Do you know of cases like this? If so then can you answer a few more questions.
Had this person been DFed or in real danger of being DFed or whatever the equivalent is if they were never baptized?
Would you consider that any shunning of the person might have pushed a person over the edge?
What status did they have in the cong - baptized or not, elder, MS, woman, minor, active or not, any abuse issues, possible discipline coming up. . .
I know about one young man in the congregation where my mother was going who committed suicide shortly after being DFed. The Witnesses never blamed the shunning of him as a factor in his suicide. They simply said he was living a sinful life and that is why he did it.
MY aunt who was 13 and baptized committed suicide due to sexual abuse and how the elders mismangaed it. She was sent to live with an older sister ofhers who was not a JW. Since she was no longer going to meetings then she was no longer a JW.
My sister (never baptized)( who decided when she was young that she could never be a good Witness so she decided to be as bad as she could. Got no treatment for the sxual abuse she experienced. My mother sent her to foster care. She spent all her adult life living a self-destruictive life - drugs. booze and sex. She worked as a stripper for many years. She eventually committed suicide. The elders said it had nothing to do with how her mother shunned her and everything to do with her lifestyle. But then maybe if she had been protected and loved she wouldn't have chosen that kind of life. She tried many times to change her life and made many suicide attempts until she finally succeeded in 2005.
And the elders disfellowshipped me after I told them of my suicidal thoughts and plans. I guess they figured if they threw me out then if I did succeed with my plans they could say that it was something else that caused me to do it and had nothing to do with shunning or how they mismanged my sexual abuse or the abuse from my elder husband.