Mega church leader talks about grief after son’s suicide

Mega church leader and author, Rick Warren, and his wife, Kay, were recently interviewed by CNN’s Piers Morgan about their son, Matthew, who committed suicide in April after suffering with mental health issues from an early age.

During the interview, Rick and Kay openly cried whilst answering some of Morgan’s questions about their son and his struggles. They also spoke openly about their grief. Kay Warren shared, “I’ve said, almost from the start, that we are devastated, but not destroyed. We are going to survive, and someday we’ll thrive again. [However], it is the worst thing that could ever happen.”

Warren added, “I have cried every single day since Matthew died, but that is actually a good thing. Grief is a good thing; it’s the way that we get through the transitions of life. I find that if I don’t cry, then you’re stuck.”

The couple granted the interview to support National Suicide Prevention Week, and to be part of the effort to help remove the stigma of mental illness.

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