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To the editor:

I would like to respond to the letter that appeared Feb. 2 titled "Suicide prevented no problems." Our family, too, suffered the loss of a loved one through suicide. This individual had lived a full and productive life up until approximately August of last year. At that time, his body was attacked with an illness as devastating and debilitating as cancer or heart disease. He was infected with clinical depression.When he could no longer stand the tremendous pain that he was in, he made that final decision to end his life. He will be sorely missed.

However, we his family, those who truly love him and understand somewhat the agony that he was in, do not hold him accountable for this act. Rather, we feel that it is more productive to direct our energies in remembering the joy that he brought, not only to our lives but to the lives of the countless individuals that he touched.

We also feel that it is important to study this dreadful illness and to encourage others to do the same so that we may be prepared to help our family members and friends who will continue to fall victim to this disease until it is stopped.

Terrie Kay and Dave Moss