When A Son Takes His Life


Our son, Tyler, took his own life in June 2022 after battling paranoid schizophrenia for over 22 years. This is the 40-minute video of my teaching from Sunday, honoring his life.

I am grateful to Crossroads Community Church in Fishers, Indiana, for allowing me to give this testimonial on behalf of Tyler, and for all who suffer from mental illness. I love you, son. I can’t wait to see you again.

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  1. dajoho Member

    Very courageous and powerful Mark.  Prayers out for you and your family for strength, wisdom, understanding (I am not sure how this ever comes in situations like this), and above all His Peace.  

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  2. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens

    Thank you for sharing. 

    Schizophrenia is a devastating disease we don’t really understand, but we see the effects. 

    I am sorry for your loss. 

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  3. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member

    Thank you for sharing with us.

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  4. GrannyDude Member

    I’m so sorry. I’m glad he had you for a dad. 

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  5. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.

    Memory Eternal! May God bless you, sir.

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  6. Cow Girl Thatcher
    Cow Girl

    Oh, that is so hard. Losing a child is unthinkable anyway, but suicide is very, very tragic. One of my sisters’ daughters was an “accidental” over-dose of the drug she abused for years. And, similar to your son, this daughter also was plagued with schizophrenia. I’m so sorry for this extra pain that your family has experienced. I’m glad you have a strong faith in God as it will help you and your family as you grieve through the years. God bless you.

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  7. Rodin Member

    Thank you for sharing. I grieve for so many that must have suffered more than others during the lockdowns and whose conditions may have irretrievably worsened. These same people will be at tremendous risk in any future disruption. We must insist that our governments never do this to us again.

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