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“My husband, Doug, and I always left one another notes every morning and evening,” writes mother Kristie Spurgeon on Facebook. “Some would be tucked in lunches. Others in pillows. And many in shoes.”
Of all those letters, there’s one that the US woman clings to. The last one he ever wrote.
In a post on the Love What Matters Facebook page, Kristy writes that her husband left the note before taking his own life 14 years ago, “leaving behind myself and our two beautiful children with shattered hearts.”
Doug had been suffering mental health issues for several years, having “spiralled into a major depression” after the death of his mother.
“I got him to as many specialists as possible. He would start to heal and then regress. I stopped him three times from committing suicide.
“Then we lost our good friend in 9-11. He spiralled into a dark abyss that not even the best doctors could save him.”