Ama was the life of the party, no dull moment around her and she always wore a smile.
Kojo graduated top of his class, to his schoolmates he was the perfect scholar; straight A’s since primary school
Sherly consoled everyone and anyone; they called her Mother Teresa, cared and catered for all
Kevin made everyone laugh; Eddie Murphy never made anyone laugh as hard as Kevin did. His friends ticked him as the next big comedian.
The same chorus at their funerals “oohh she/he looked hale and hearty yesterday”, ‘Aahh Owuo nnim abofora’ to wit death does not consider the young, Ohh oo
What a shock!
What they did not notice
Ama had lost her nuclear family in a gory accident; she yearned to be around people.
Older siblings of Kojo were academicians; he could not afford to fail
Sheryl had lost her adopted mother; she just needed a shoulder to lean on
Kevin had to make jokes of every situation, because he was battling cancer and depressed
Many a time, we express shock at the demise of a loved one especially those who seemed okay. However, we saw all the red flags and chose to ignore them.
Do not ignore behavioral changes in your loved ones; always provide a welcoming environment to discuss pertinent problems.
Most importantly, recommend they see a psychologist when needed.
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Written by: Nana Abena Grant | universnewsroom.com