Heartbreaking letter reveals Hope’s struggle with her identity.
On March 6th, Hope Verbeeck commit suicide. She was just 17 years old.
The teenager, from Miami, had only come out as transgender 15 months earlier. Her friends and family reported that was struggling to come to terms with her gender identity, as well as being pansexual.
The Miami Herald reported that Hope was an exceptional student who was set to graduate from high school in June. She had already been accepted by 11 different colleges with several scholarship offers.
Hope’s mother, Patricia, explained that her daughter had recalled how she felt trapped in a box by her gender identity. She had recently began to take hormone replacement therapy, along with regular therapy sessions.
An obituary posted in the Miami Herald by her family said:
While Eric lived life to the fullest, he had his own personal struggle. He was in the process of transitioning to his identity as a girl. It simply became too much for him and he sought relief from his suffering. He left a beautiful letter letting his parents know that he knew he had been loved unconditionally, but he needed to move on.
Since the obituary was posted, the newspaper spoke to Hope’s family who recounted what the letter said. Patricia cited that Hope was always precise in her details:
Dear Mommy and Papa, I am so sorry to do this to you but I have killed myself by jumping off the top floor. I could no longer live my life as a lie, I’m so sorry I lied to you. I was losing hope in the world and could not see my way out of the wrong body so I decided it was time for my life to end. Please forgive me for any sins I committed.
Patricia urged parents of anyone struggling with their gender identity to “open their hearts, minds and souls to accepting this unique situation that their son or daughter may be expressing and experiencing — because it would be the biggest gift they could give.”
“It’s not about money or the next gadget, but to accept, love and embrace who your son or daughter is telling you that they are. Expand the space in your heart to support and to provide every possible avenue to them to succeed in their identity.”
“This was an issue that he [sic] suffered with even though he [sic] was unlike many of the teens who get no support and who don’t have anybody helping them. He [sic] had everything.”
Whatever you’re going through, Samaritans are here for you 24/7 every day of the week. Call them free from any phone on 116 123. Those in the US can contact the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.