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Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss
Whether you are struggling with fresh grief at a loved one’s death by suicide or your loss happened years ago, you should know that you are not alone. 5 million Americans are affected—directly or indirectly—by this tragedy each year. And it sends us on a lifelong search for answers, both to the practical questions and the deepest question of all: Why? In this definitive gu ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Penguin Group US
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Jul 31, 2007 Karen rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who lost someone to suicide
Another must-read book by Carla Fine (see "No Time to Say Goodbye"). This books deals with surviving the loss of a loved one by suicide, how to handle people who just don't understand, the horrible disease of depression, and so much more. Carla Fine co-wrote this with Michael Myers, a physician and survivor. The way they wrote was great, it flowed together as if it had been written by one person.
10 months ago I became a suicide survivor. Over those months I've been struggling with a great many things, one of which being how unsupported I have felt. None of the books on grief and loss seem to deal with suicide. Even a book on my faith's thoughts on death assumes that deaths are long illnesses. It only increased my guilt/internalized stigma. In addition to being a survivor, I'm also a mental health professional in training which complicates things. Yet this was the book that met a need to ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Authors Carla Fine and Michael F. Myers alternate turns writing while discussing suicide and the medical field. Carla Fine brings her perspective as a suicide loss survivor. Her husband was a doctor who died by suicide. Michael F. Myers brings his opinion as a psychiatrist. The book has three sections to connect to readers. The first tackles experiences suicide loss survivors may face and what to expect. The second section offers ideas to assist with the healing process. Finally, the third secti ...more
Sep 23, 2007 Tori rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has lost someone to suicide
14 - I think that this book and Iris Bolton's My Son, My Son are the 2 most helpful books I have read on suicide loss as I make it through all of them that I can find. I think this book is much more hopeful than Carla's earlier book No Time To Say Goodbye. I think anyone who reads that book should make sure to read this one too. You can see the progress that she has made in healing. The book does a great job of addressing the issues unique to grief after suicide.