In case folks out there don't know, I work for the VA. Yesterday I got a call on the voicemail at work that shook me up. A patient called thanking us for all we had done and asked that we cancel all his appointments and medications. No other message, just that. It scared me, so I had our nurse call him. While she had him on the line, she had me call the police to do a wellness check. When the patient hung up with her (she tried to keep him on the line), our Suicide Hotline tried to contact him and had the local PD do a wellfare check. When the police arrived, they found him dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Sometimes you can't do enough...
I can't give out this person's name because of HIPPA, but if you could keep his wife and kids in your prayers I would appreciate it.
May the angels lead you to paradise,
And may the martyrs receive you on arrival
And lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem.
May the choir of angels receive youAnd may you, with Lazarus,
who was once poor, have eternal rest.
*from In Paradisum .