The late Pamela Hixon of Leipsic, Ohio, was eager to retire from her job running a hospice agency. Soon after she quit, however, Hixon spiraled into depression and anxiety. She sought help from counselors and her pastor, but it wasn't enough. Six months after retiring, she took her own life.
"She lost purpose, she lost significance, she lost a sense of meaning in her life," says her son Tony Hixon , a Findlay, Ohio-based wealth manager who wrote about the experience and how it transformed his financial planning practice in a book, "Retirement Stepping Stones: Find Meaning, Live with Purpose, and Leave a Legacy."