I have limited experience with suicide, I had a friend who was bipolar who killed himself about 5 years ago. We were close once, and he had tried and failed a few times before, and we had talked about it and I said "please call me the next time you're at that place" but by the time he did it and succeeded we had grown apart so I probably wasn't the person he was thinking about at the time. But I haven't really had a close friend or family member who has killed themselves, and I just can't imagine what it must be like.
Jackson Browne's wife's name was Phyllis Major. She was a model and they were together for 5 years and had one son when she killed herself; their son was about 3 at the time and she killed herself 4 months after they got married. If you look around the internet, it's unclear if this song was actually written about her, especially since he wrote it almost 20 years after she died, so it's probably more likely that he wrote it about Darryl Hannah, but still, when you think about her suicide and listen to the lyrics, it's pretty striking.
So, anyway, I now have a new appreciation for this song and for Jackson Browne in particular, despite his wussiness.