Rick and Kay Warren Open Up Following the Death of Their Son

For the first time since their son Matthew's suicide in April, Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren and his wife Kay have sat down for an extended interview. During their talk with CNN’s Piers Morgan (which aired last night), Rick Warren said, "I have cried every single day since Matthew died. But that—that's actually a good thing. Grief is a good thing. It's the way we get through the transitions of life." Rick and Kay Warren say that they hope to raise awareness and start a dialogue that may help others who are dealing with mental illness and depression.

The couple also talked about forgiving the person who supplied their son with the illegally-obtained firearm he used to take his own life. “One of the hard things was forgiving the person who sold him the gun,” Rick said. But, they said their faith in Christ and his example of forgiveness helped them to forgive. Kay said that despite the tragedy, they still have a message of God's hope for others dealing with unimaginable loss. Kay said, “There’s hope. It’s so important that people know, no matter how desperate their despair, there is hope, and not to give up” …

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Carrie commented…

The Warren's are handling a tragic loss of their son Matthew in the most beautiful way. Mental illness is not holistically treated in this country-drugs, drugs, and isolation of the ill person when they need social contact. They have severed the stereotype that Christians are immune to mental illness of all types. I find it terribly disturbing that even with upgraded medical care, treatment, and resources, their son could not be helped. I just do not understand this. I've always been taught that suicide was the unpardonable sin- and even though I would not suspect Matthew would be punished for wanting his excruciating pain to end, and did not fear death, It leaves me confused about the whole concept entirely. Are their exceptions to suicide?

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