No, I don't think committing suicide is the "coward's way out".
People who say so are upset because their loved one is gone.
Anger is the Mask that Hurt wears!
For a person to get to a point where they feel they'd be better off dead than alive means they were facing severe depression. They had no hope for a brighter future.
Life is a (personal) journey!
Everyone is entitled to have their on pain threshold where they might feel "enough is enough". Being judgmental and "name calling" says more about the ones left behind than it does about the person who took their life.
If friends and family have no empathy for them that may be an underlying cause. Instead we should be hoping at last they've found the peace of mind they longed for and needed.