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In memoriam: Thomas M Hennessy Jr.

Discussion in 'Phoenix Rising Articles' started by Firestormm, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. peggy-sue

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    The statement from his family on Facebook was posted by Kina, just a couple of threads up. The information is there.
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  2. vixbright

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    When did suicide become politically incorrect? And, especially in this case, why? Mr Hennessy had a strength of character and purpose that lifts him above most. His tireless effort in trying to forward this "unpopular" cause was truly noble. Masking the fact that he chose to take his own life rather than live so sick diminishes his life's efforts -- by denying, yet again, the truly deadly nature of this awful illness. I think he was a brave and remarkable human being. His final act underscores this. RIP. ps: I am raising this as a general question, not targeting any particular person or persons.
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  3. peggy-sue

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    This is a Memorial thread for Tom Hennessy, not a discussion of his intimate personal details.

    Please, would a kind moderator tidy it up a little, so that proper respect is shown throughout?
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    I am not sure there has been a discussion of intimate personal details or any lack of respect on this thread.

    Again:

    A member asked about Tom Henessy’s death. I posted the FB post as an answer. The post came from somebody posting for the family.

    Suicide carries a huge amount of stigma and sometimes people don't like to talk about it. We are taught by our families, the church, society etc that suicide is a shameful, weak, and selfish thing to do. Did any of the patients with ME who have died via committing suicide (and devastatingly enough I can think of quite a few) have any of these qualities. Think about this. Who of the people with ME that have committed suicide have been regarded as anything less than heroes or fighters. They were not weak or selfish. They struggled for years with an illness with no respite from it and in the end simply desired peace. Desiring peace is not shameful. People who eventually lost the battle in the end did so not because a weakness of character but because society, family, and the medical system failed them miserably.

    In the end, what did Tom Hennessy die of -- ME. He now rests in peace.

    Please note, these are my own very personal thoughts and come from a very deep place. Let's leave this thread as a memorial for Tom and if anybody wishes to discuss suicide and ME, please start a new thread.

    Kina.
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