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by Anne Puryear
The mother of a teenager who committed suicide chronicles her grief process and her communication with Stephen beyond the grave, offering comforting advice to families in crisis and people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Reprint.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Gallery Books
(first published April 1993)
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Jan 27, 2016 Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* rated it liked it
Wasn't sure whether to give this one a four or a three star rating, it was in between. I enjoyed the book, although it is rather new age and most of the stuff was pretty hard for me to accept as I haven't personally experienced anything like it. Still, the book was an interesting, tragic, and depressing story that was easy to follow and kept one reading. It carried important messages about life, raising children, and reaching out to children. Most of the book was a background story of the mother ...more
I found this book to be easy to read but long and detailed. At times I became very frustrated with the writer because of what she put her son through that aided in his suicide. But as I read chapter 6 and then the continuing chapters such as 7, 8 and 9 began to understand why she wrote the book the way she wrote it. I found Stephen story which is being told by him very interesting. I found her story Stevens mothers to be quite annoying. I will warn you if you start the book you have to finish it ...more
After his suicide, 15-year old Stephen writes to his mother to help her feel better. She receives some comfort, and presunably profit from the book sale, as well. It's a sad book. My son died of suicide, I grieve and look for comfort; I wasn't comforted by this book. We each find comfort in our own way and believe what we need to believe to make sense of our world. If the writing of this book helped Anne Puryear through her hell, then I'm okay with that.
I liked this book a lot - I have two copies. I believe that our loved ones stay among us and this book is one interpretation of that phenomena if you will. This book is not for everyone but those who enjoy reading about communicating with the other side will find this book interesting, to say the least. I may read it again as I read it over 10 years ago - since then I have worked with terminally ill people and I would like to see how this book affects me. I may gain a new perspective based on a ...more