Letter: A father grieves after losing a daughter to postpartum depression

Letter: A father grieves after losing a daughter to postpartum depression

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Following the death of his 32-year-old daughter, David Mathews wrote a letter about her life, death, and the devastating effects of postpartum depression:

It's said that in combat you never hear the rifle shot that kills you.  When learning of the loss of a loved one, however, the opposite is true – the phone rings, you answer it and then nothing – you just go numb.  We received the call that our daughter had taken her own life before we read the email she sent– the suicide note with "Things I Couldn't Say" in the subject line.  She lost a struggle with Postpartum Depression we didn't even know existed.  She was only 32 and had her whole life ahead of her.  And what of her 4 month old baby and husband?  The human mind in turmoil, overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, flooded by hormones, sometimes is quite simply an impossible thing to comprehend.

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