Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Suicide? Or, Just Death?

Recently, I mentioned that a body had been found in the water, at the foot of Dieppe Park, Windsor at about 6:45 pm Sunday, and said I would keep you posted as to whether or not it was Linda Ireland.  It was.

Here is a link for you to read her death notice, as was published in The Windsor Star, Wednesday, March 30, 2011:

Knowing this blog entry is here, hopefully for posterity and not knowing if this notice will be available after a period of time, and since the notice is a public notice, I am posting it (minus her photo which didn't come through when I pasted), here:

IRELAND, Linda Jean (nee Muhleisen) It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Linda on March 27, 2011 at 57 years of age. Survived by her children Corey, Justin, Lindsay and Kelly. Dear sister of Pearl and husband Orval Hodgkin. Special aunt to Dan and Tracy Hodgkin, Cheryl Hodgkin, Karen Hodgkin and great-aunt of Brandon, Luke, Nathan, Jessica, Brett and Jaclyn. Beloved friend of Sonny Renaud. Also special thanks to Diane Wiley for her friendship and support. Linda retired from Bell Canada after 30 years of service. The family wishes to thank the loving community of Solidarity Towers for their friendship, care and concern. Her smile will be remembered by everyone. Cremation was held. Friends are invited to join the family on Saturday after 9:30 a.m., followed by Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. at FAMILIES FIRST 1065 LAUZON RD. East Windsor (519-969-5841) with Pastor Dan Smith officiating. Share memories, photos or make a donation online at

While finding out about Linda's death is upsetting, something once again happened that was even more upsetting to me.

Monday morning, as I exited the elevator and made my way to the parking garage, I passed a small group of men, who were discussing the issue of the body being found.  While it had not yet been announced to the public if the body was Linda's, these men seemed to think it was.

This wasn't the upsetting part.  One man, made a statement that made me want to cry.  His remark was about how he felt it took a lot of 'guts' to do what she (Linda) did.  If you knew who the man was that said this, you would understand why this upset me, so very much.

Well, to be honest, no matter who would have made a remark such as this, I would have found it upsetting.  As I did recently, when a woman in the elevator I was riding in, made a similar comment.

Whenever I have heard remarks like these from people, it is clearly obvious that they believe the person who died committed suicide.

Firstly, I would like to ask the question:  How would they even know this to be true? 

Were they there?  Do they have some connection to God?  Or, do they have some knowledge that others don't have?

Since this whole topic is lengthy and as you know, I can be long-winded, I will have to continue this subject, tomorrow.

Until next time...

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