Man Whose Wife Committed Suicide Shares ‘Biggest Sign’ He Missed in Week Before His Wife’s Death
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Man Whose Wife Committed Suicide Shares ‘Biggest Sign’ He Missed in Week Before His Wife’s Death

By Lillian Gissen for Dailymail.Com

21:08 10 Jul 2024, updated 21:34 10 Jul 2024

A man who lost his wife to suicide shared the ‘biggest sign’ he missed in the last week of her life.

In 2015, Brandy Zink of Boise, Idaho, committed suicide at the age of 34. Now, her husband, Eric, has opened up about one change that happened in her before her death that he would not have wanted to miss.

In a video shared to his TikTok account last month, Eric, 43, explained that in the days before his suicide, his mood changed drastically.

He told his fans that after a period of “extreme depression” she suddenly felt “happy” – and that while at the time he thought she was getting better, he now believed it was because she “made the decision to end it all”.

“The biggest sign I missed that my wife was going to commit suicide and take her own life was that she was happy,” he said in the video, which has been viewed more than 34,000 times.

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In 2015, Brandy Zink from Idaho took her own life at the age of 34, and now her husband Eric has opened up about one change that happened to her before her death. We saw them in 2010

“My wife, Brandy, suddenly went from extremely depressed to happy, at peace with life and finding joy in it.”

He said he viewed her unexpected “surge” of “excitement” about life as a good sign.

“You think they’re sleeping through their depression or something. But in reality, they made a decision in their head to end it all,” he continued.

“This is what fighting depression looks like… We become so isolated that we feel broken, damaged, invisible.”

Eric ended his video with a message to anyone who may be struggling.

“To anyone struggling right now, I say you are an amazing person – you are tough,” he said.

“You survived 100 percent of your worst days. I’m proud of you for being here now.”

He also encouraged people to reach out to their loved ones for help.

“Believe me, you are loved and desired here,” he concluded.

In a second video on the subject shared in April, Eric, who admitted to attempting suicide himself in 2018, explained that “everything changed” for Brandy “in the last week of her life,” even though she did nothing differently.

“She didn’t go to therapy or find a new therapist or anything like that. She didn’t change any of her medications or quit drinking or smoking,” he revealed.

‘She hadn’t changed anything in her life at all, but suddenly she had a positive attitude. She had a plan, she was motivated.

“Everything was fine and I believed it. I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, my wife is happy that this is the man I’ve been missing.'”

“The scariest thing is that when you look back, you realize that was literally the moment she gave up.

“They’re happy and excited because they know the pain will end. It’s not that they’re treating depression at all, they’ve just given in to it.”

An Idaho-born man who recently remarried is opening up about his wife’s death online, hoping it will help end stereotypes surrounding mental illness.

Although at the time he thought she was getting better, Eric (seen with his new wife) said he now believes it was because she made the “decision to end it all”
Many people commented on Eric’s video to thank him for his openness.

“I want to share my story so people know they are not alone and that there is light at the end of the deep, dark tunnel,” he recently told Newsweek magazine.

Eric explained in the interview that Brandy was “struggling with childhood trauma” and “had been a victim of sexual assault and abuse for most of her life.”

“She was an alcoholic and struggled with addiction. We tried therapy several times, but she always went back to her old habits,” he added.

Many people commented on Eric’s videos to thank him for his openness.

“Please continue making these videos, I have been struggling with this daily for over 30 years,” one person wrote.

Another simply added: “I needed this.”

“As a therapist, we learn to seek happiness and peace above all else,” another shared.

“I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for making others aware,” a fourth comment read.

A fifth said: “You’re a great support to a lot of people man, I love you really.”

If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact Samaritans NYC at 212-673-3000 or the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386.

For confidential help, call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 988 or click Here.