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Central Question - Mortality

Mortality is the understanding that you will die some day. The excerpt below is from the short story, "I'll Always Be with You", submitted to Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul by Dale and Dar Emme.

"On a quiet September night our 17-year-old son, Mike, got into his cherished yellow '68 Mustang, his heart broken after the sudden ending of his first romance. His girlfriend had told him she was going to get engaged to someone else. Sitting in the car he had so lovingly restored and treasured, Mike shot and killed himself. In the note he left, he wrote: 'I wish I could have learned how to hate...Don't blame yourselves, Mom and Dad. I love you.' His note ended, 'Love, Mike, 11:45 P.M.' At 11:52 P.M. that night, we and Mike's older brother, Vic, pulled into the driveway alongside Mike's car - seven minutes too late!"

Questions to Consider:
1. How might Mike have otherwise dealt with the breakup with his girlfriend?
2. How did Mike's death affect his family? His friends? Other people around him?
3. If Mike had not committed suicide, what do you think would have happened to him?