The Other Side (Poem): Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts

By Susan Osborn:

Some feelings about overcoming suicidal thoughts are best expressed in a poem.



Excerpt from Too Soon to Say Goodbye: Healing and Hope for Suicide Victims and Survivors; used with permission by New Hope Publishers.


If you are feeling overwhelmed by your problems in life and have succumbed to suicidal thoughts, you are not alone.  Many have shared those same feelings. It is important to discern which thoughts you have are from God and which are not.

1 John 4:2-4 gives advice on this:

 “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Following is a poem written by a young woman we will call CAN, who went through a very dark time in her life. However, by accepting Jesus as her Savior and leaning on Him, she was able to discern His voice and overcome the suicidal thoughts.  She penned the following poem:

The Other Side



Miles of darkness everywhere I turned—

Then I saw light on the other side.

I slowly approached, curious indeed.

But looking forward to the other side

I saw a shadow, but I didn’t shudder.

For I knew it was you, Lord, on the other side.

No words can explain the way I felt

When I finally met you on the other side.

My prayer is if you are struggling with discernment and have suicidal thoughts that you will find someone to talk to, perhaps a family member, a friend, a teacher, or a pastor. Or you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

You can also dial the following National Suicide Prevention Hotline numbers operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services:

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

1-888-SUICIDE (1-888-784-2433)

1-877-SUICIDA (1-877-784-2432) (Spanish).