Editorial| Volume 30, ISSUE 12, P1339-1341, December 2022

“My Work is Done. Why Wait?” Lessons Learned from Older Adults Who Died by Suicide

Published:September 29, 2022DOI:
      On March 14, 1932 George Eastman, founder of Kodak, industrialist, entrepreneur, and fabulously wealthy philanthropist wrote these words: “To my friends – my work is done, why wait?” He then pulled a handgun from his bedside table and shot himself to death. Eastman's words convey the gritty self-determination that marked his life. However, they mask other truths that made Eastman at such high risk for suicide – chronic and progressive illness, pain, inability to care for himself, social isolation, loss of identity and purpose, hopelessness, and demoralization.
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