Suicides in the JWs

by Disassociated Lady 2 8 Replies latest jw experiences

  • Disassociated Lady 2
    Disassociated Lady 2

    During my time in the JWs there was a friend I had known since I was a small child. He was an elder's son and around my age. He would often instigate the game of "tag" after the meetings. Children were instructed not to run around the KH but this boy would creep up behind me and push me saying "tag", then quickly move away. I could not resist getting him back and we would chase one another around the KH. It was mostly my sister and I that were rebuked for it as she would also join in.

    When we reached our 20th year I was out of the truth by then. I heard that this young man suffered from depression and he had told the elders and his JW girlfriend that he had thoughts of suicide. He received no help as I don't think they believed him. Shortly after that he drove to a woodland and fixed a hose from his exhaust into his car and committed suicide at 21 years of age. :-(

    He was the only child of the elder and his wife. I remember they taught that suicides would not receive a resurrection, I am not sure if this has changed. I find it upsetting that his parents can still go along to the KH believing this and how they cope. xxx

  • skin

    One of my jw friends did themselves in, in the same way as yours. They didnt get a kh funeral but an elder took the service at a funeral house. Also it now sounds like that these ones will get a resurrection from his talk, something about them not thinking straight at the time they died.

  • blondie

    The WTS no longer has an official opinion that suicides will not be resurrected. That is one of their flipflops.

  • Finkelstein

    Disassociatted Lady 2, you cant expect people who have mental illness to repair people with mental illness. The JWS religion is not an educational institute.

    The forceful rigid brainwashing that the WTS implements causes mental illness in the first place by using fear, guilt, shame and ignorance, which stumbles sound balanced rational thinking regarding mental health and consciousness.

    I personally have known 3 young JWS teenagers who committed suicide directly from the corrupt fear mongering " Commercialized " doctrines by the WTS Corporation and how this cult separates its members from the rest of society.

  • Disassociated Lady 2
    Disassociated Lady 2

    Good point Finkelstein :-) xxx

  • zeb

    DL2. Im with you on this.

  • Alostpuppydog

    Oh man how terrible. Even myself who has some issues, really began to become suicidal every time I would study with the witnesses. I didn't realize this to a few days ago that it's them!

    They kept saying it was Satan every time I would study, but really if I changed my life work in harmony with my studies and my prayers and all it did was make me suicidal, I question that BIG TIME. I see the pattern now in my own life and am steering clear of them, even though I am banned anyways from all Kingdom Halls. 👍🏻

    Now it's time to move on and maybe find a different church?!

  • Quarterback

    As Blondie mentioned this has changed. However, this being the case I remember this young man who did commit suicide in the 60's. He was deleted as a Regular Pioneer for masturbation. He couldn't live with the shame, He felt that he let his family, and friends down. They did hold a funeral talk at the KH for him. The story was that he died choking on his medicine, The truth did get out through time. This was sad for me and my friends to deal with. Now, through the years, when I remember this event it makes me feel angry

  • scratchme1010

    The eye opener for me was realizing that those people have no knowledge and no interest in anything that has to do with mental health.

    That organization has no policies, no training, no knowledge, and no interest in dealing with problems that people have, other than the ones that may hinder their making money. They can't care less about how people feel. Growing up I saw so many people who had all kinds of mental health issues, the most common being eating disorders. Food is the only pleasurable thing that is allowed and not regulated by them.

    I'm not surprised that people commit suicide and still their loved ones keep going to them for comfort. if that's not a sign of brainwashing, I don't know what is.

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