I got an email from C the other morning asking if she could give my contact info to her cousin A because she thinks she's going to be needing some real estate advice soon.
The email said that A's husband committed suicide two days earlier. They had relocated to another state a few years ago and from all outward appearances were happy and doing well. They had sold a house in their hometown before moving and taken the money there and invested in another home and some other real estate ventures. When the economy and real estate values tanked, they found themselves in serious financial straits.
The other night after dinner, A's husband took his gun, went into another part of the house and shot himself. She was in the house and when she heard the shot ran to his side but there was nothing she could do.
My heart breaks for her. And for his elderly mother, and for his children. Such a selfish thing to do. Now A is left with the aftermath of dealing with his death under these most horrible circumstances and facing the consequences of their financial troubles.
She will probably be coming back to the town they left. I'm sure had he made a different choice, they could have worked things out even if it meant starting over. She certainly will have to do that now. Alone.
What a selfish, cowardly thing to do. There's always another answer.