After the tragic news of Pastor Rick Warren's son Matthew Warren's suicide death was released, Twitter, Facebook and netizens around the world shared their prayers and condolences towards the Warren family. A precious photo of the Pastor Warren's family, wife, and children was posted by the Gospel Coalition in memory of the youngest Warren son.
According to Huffington Post, Pastor Warren wrote an email to the Saddleback Church family in Lake Forest, California, sharing his sorrow and asking for prayers.
“No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now. Our youngest son, Matthew, age 27, and a lifelong member of Saddleback, died today.”
"Over the past 33 years we've been together through every kind of crisis. Kay and I've been privileged to hold your hands as you faced a crisis or loss, stand with you at gravesides, and prayed for you when ill. Today, we need your prayer for us."
Warren shared intimate details about young Warren's lifelong battle with depression. Despite the best medical treatment and counseling, it was still difficult for him to overcome "dark holes of depression and even suicidal thoughts."
Pastor Warren's email continued, "I'll never forget how, many years ago, after another approach had failed to give relief, Matthew said, 'Dad, I know I'm going to heaven. Why can't I just die and end this pain?' but he kept going for another decade."
Netizens around the world shared in the grief with comforting messages.
"RIP Matthew Warren. I did not know you, but your father, a great pastor, baptized my mom. You are in a better place now. #matthewwarren"
"RIP to Pastor Rick Warren's son Matthew, who died at the age of 27. Prayers and condolence to the family."
"Suicide is never an option... Life is a much better prospect, choose it please. RIP Matthew Warren."
"Just heard the sad news about Rick Warren's son Matthew. Pray for all those affected by mental illness."
"Praying for the family of Matthew Warren. Depression is an illness. If you've never had to fight it thank God, but pray for those who do!"
RIP Matthew Warren.
If you suffer from suicidal thoughts, you may contact National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for help.