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In Loving Memory of Nicklaus Garriga

"Yaya's Prayer:A Grandmother's Prayer."

Sleep,sleep sweet prince;and fullfill all your dreams.
We will miss the "magicial twinkle" in your eyes;
and the love you gave so freely to all.
How gracious was "God to let us have you for a little while";
you came into "our" lives and filled us with your tender heart
-like an overflowing chalice.
And now you must leave and return to God,
who holds you in the palm of his hand and leads you into paradise.
Goodbye,"Our darling Nick",
You have finished "your journey",and now you are home.
Goodbye sweet prince;Goodbye until we meet again.

Written by Nick's grandmother
Dorthea "Ya-Ya" Kotsakos

Every 42 seconds someone tries to commit suicide...
Every 17 minutes someone succeeds...

How many more?
Nick Garriga took his own life on August 26,2001, he was just 21.He was a handsome young man who had alot of things going for him, but
could no longer deal with the emotional demons that effected him daily.

Several times Nicklaus tried to take his own life, but those closest to him,though they loved him, never took him seriously.

Haunted by his youth and surrounded by a myrad amount of family problems,Nick could no longer deal with the pain.
His pleads,and cries for help went unnoticed.

In the very end,Nicklaus's last cry was very loud-knowing that he was going to take his own life & that his dad needed a liver -Nicklaus signed a organ donor card.

The truth about Nick's life,and those who commit suicide is that it maybe able to be prevented-if there are warning signs ;and they are detected.

Nicklaus had close to 200 of his closest friends by his bedside at the hospital.It is said that he never met a stranger-he was friends with everyone.He will be greatly missed.

So,I write this in memory of Nicklaus.That we,as parents, teachers,and peers,may learn something from his death,and the death of others.

If you,or someone you love is thinking of suicide,please call:


“Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds a person's coping abilities.”

Feelings of:
Worthlessness,rejection,helplessness, deep sadness or guilt,and daydreaming are signs of depression- and should always be taken seriously.

Signs to look for are:

  • Depressed or withdrawn behavior
  • Writing about death and suicide
  • Unemployment or loss of job
  • Previous suicidal behavior
  • Crying or depression
  • Changes in behavior
  • Getting affairs in order
  • Lack of interest in appearance
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden weight gain or loss
  • The use of drugs and alcohol
  • Suffering a major loss;death of a loved one
  • Family history of sexual,emotional,or physical abuse
  • Divorce or separation
  • Lack of energy
  • Impending legal action
  • Failing academic performance

Helpful links:
Suicide is forever~
Online suicide prevention
Suicide:A Survivors Story
Considering Suicide?Read this first!
What does the bible say about suicide?