I have just received this email from my mother:
Salut. Te souviens-tu de R. P., la soeur de ton parrain ? A 83 ans, elle s'est suicidée en se jetant dans la Saône. Bisous.
Translation: "Hi. Do you remember R.P., your godfather's sister [My godfather is the husband of one of my aunts]? At 83, she committed suicide by throwing herself in the Saône. Kisses."
I didn't know the woman; I have only met her a couple of times. I don't know why she did it (apparently she was depressed and had made several attempts already) but I find this act very courageous, especially at an age when one is so used to living and being alive, it must be like a bad habit. Courageous is probably the wrong word anyway. I would imagine that when someone kill themselves, courage does not really come into the equation, although drowning doesn't seem to be the "nicest" way of doing this.
In anycase, I hope she has found the peace she wanted so much.