I took the call for privacy as stop camping on the lawn and clinic and to stop stalking the family. I imagine the family would have taken comfort from non-judgmental reporting on someone at an all time low and from reporting that revealed some of the facts, as compared to the opiniated fact-free vitriol hurled at him from some quarters.
I can't speak for the Hird family.
I can speak for mine. We lost a lovely but troubled young man to suicide. And really, all we wanted was to be left alone to heal. Even close friends respected and understood this.
I wouldn't take the chance of interpreting the word privacy. I'd simply respect it.
I think everyone deals with such tragedy in their own way.
Having lost my older brother to suicide, the most amazing of blokes and my best mate up until the age of 14 when he died (he was 17), I know the impacts of suicide better than most.
He was the most naturally talented person at everything he did - would have played Afl, cricket for Australia or been a lawyer or Dr or anything he wanted, but he couldn't manage the expectations of the world.
I was only young but I lapped up every bit of support that I could get, my dad and mum were phenomenal despite what had happened to their eldest, his mates were awesome, seriously, just amazing, my mates were there all the way and still are 26 years later. It sounds cliche but out of the biggest tragedy of my life I have gained some of my longest and most amazing relationships that transcend everything else in life after what we have been through together.
I have other attempted suicides in my immediate group of mates and these were quite recent.
The amazing thing is, like Hirdy and my bro, Eddie, everyone I know who has attempted or committed suicide are the most amazing of people and they have sonmuch to give to the world.
There is no real point to the above other than to provide a bit of detail on my perspective to suicide and perhaps it explains some of the anger I have towards smith and the failure of so many so-called leaders in our community to call out his appalling behaviour. It really is an absolute disgrace what has been printed but worse is that we, as a society, are acquiescing to this filth.
Come on EFC, X, as a society we need to be better than the crap that Smith dribbled and you have a great opportunity to provide a narrative that delivers real leadership for the whole community