Friday, November 30, 2007


Almost five years ago a dear friend of mine killed herself while in the acute care ward of a mental hospital. I got an email from a lawyer early this week--her executor is suing the hospital and her psychiatrist and the case is now coming to trial. She had feared that possibility, but I had long forgotten about it. I talked to the lawyer, who luckily didn't seem to want much from me. I don't have a high opinion of either side. But the startling thing I just found is a long, detailed story about the case in the New York Times last week. Remarkably, the story is accurate to what I know, with the exception of a statement attributed to a particular person that seems to me a shocking lie. The one thing that surprised me is that she left a large estate, after worrying so about money.

1 comment:

Joann said...

I know you have great pain around Ruth. I hope that someday you can find some peace about her most unfortunate and premature departure from this life.