Most likely they are in shock. They don't know how to react to the situation or to your reaction yet. I don't think there's anything wrong with the way you reacted.
We're all afloat in a boundless sea, and the way we cope is by massing together in groups and pretending in unison that the situation is other than it is. We reinforce the illusion for each other. That's what a society really is, a little band of humanity huddled together against the specter of a pitch black sea. Everyone is treading water to keep their heads above the surface even though they have no reason to believe that the life they're preserving is better than the alternative they're avoiding. It's just that one is known and one is not. Fear of the unknown is what keeps everyone busily treading water. All fear is fear of the unknown. If someone in such a group of water-treaders betrays the group lie by speaking the truth of their situation, that person is called a heretic, and society reserves its most awful punishments for heretics. If someone decides to stop struggling and just sink or float away, every possible effort is made to stop him, not for the benefit of the individual, but for the benefit of the group. To deny at all costs the truth of the situation.
I second this wholeheartedly. Fact is, a soul passed away needlessly. Probably could have been prevented if someone cared enough to do something about his suffering. It's amazing how even one single word of comfort whispered can change the desire to suicide. I think it's perfectly okay to sympathize, in fact I would be disturbed if one lacked sympathy in this type of situation.That makes me so angry!! Of course you can care. Obviously this poor man was experiencing something terrible in his life if he was pushed to end it. What's wrong with being sympathetic towards that? I feel sick about it, and I know even less about this man than you. Nobody should have to suffer to the point that they just totally give up...
The way you reacted was fine. I'm sorry that people made you feel so uncomfortable. I'm sorry that people can't be more sensitive, can't take a break from their own selfish thoughts to consider the struggles of others. Sure, you can't dwell on it. What's done is done, but I think its okay to mourn for a lost life. I'm just ranting now.
I just... grrr.
Point is: It's okay that you cared. In fact, I would even say its a good thing.
Same. I feel it's the wrong people taking their lives in silence all the time. But maybe I am as cold as they are for thinking that. I wish I could be like them sometimes.Reading this brought tear to my eye too..