South Africa 29.2.2016 04:03 pm

The Götterts reflect on Klara’s death

Klara Göttert who jumped to her death at the North Gate shopping centre in an apparent suicide. Pic: Facebook

Klara Göttert who jumped to her death at the North Gate shopping centre in an apparent suicide. Pic: Facebook

After Klara’s death, hundreds of teenagers and young adults started phoning, messaging and mailing her mother.

Six months after Klara Göttert, 14, fell to her death at Northgate Shopping Centre, her mother Liesl Göttert, has spoken out about her grief.

“It’s been six months since Klara’s death and I still cry every day,” Göttert told Northcliff Melville Times during Teenage Suicide Awareness Week, which ran from February 21 to 28.

“There are wounds that never show on the body, that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”

Liesl, father Dieter and their children Rebekka, 20, and Denno, 17, have created a video production that they hope will bring comfort to people who have lost loved ones.

“Many parents whose children commit suicide feel so stigmatised and guilty. They feel they are a failure. It would be unnatural if you didn’t feel this way,” said Göttert.

After Klara’s death, hundreds of teenagers and young adults started phoning, messaging and mailing Liesl because they felt comfortable sharing their feelings with her on social media, she said.

“During the time when Klara’s death was in the news, I received an average of 200 e-mails, messages and phone calls from young people who told me they had tried to commit suicide many times and needed help.

“Because I was outspoken about Klara’s death so many parents asked me to help them. It wasn’t one or two calls. I suddenly became the expert even though I knew nothing,” Liesl pointed out.

“I started writing a book. I am nearly finished. But I doubt that I would ever publish it. I wrote because I saw so many people who do not have any answers.

“I tried to ‘unpack’ everything in an effort to try and understand what happened,” she said.

According to Liesl, the Klara Göttert Foundation will now be shooting video interviews with people who have experienced profound grief as a result of losing a loved one, as well as friends and family members whose loved ones took their own lives.

– Caxton News Service

 

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