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Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival, and Strength
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 29th 2003 by Tarcher
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Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Judy Collins's book, Sanity and Grace A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength. She writes about dealing with the devastating news of her son, Clark's Death by suicide. She shares with the readers of what she went through and how she dealt with her life after her son's death. She tried to learn more of suicide by reading books and talking with others. she wrote journals and wrote songs and poems. A good book to read. ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
She's been there. She's tried it (her own). She's survived it (her son's) and continues to strive for a full life in the face of the constant wake of loss. With this book, and with "The Seven T"s, Judy Collins shows us how to do the same. ...more
Jon Tupper
by turns effective and overdone, she discloses thought, emotions, action plans.
some of the writers she brings to bear and quotes were important for me to see.
some of her emotional reveal was, for me, overdone; yet I see where she is.
not a fun read.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
I have always been a fan of Judy Collins, but I never knew about her tortured life. This the second book of hers that I’ve read. I find her inspirational.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Judy Collins as a singer, activist, artist, and general all-around affirmation of what is best in the human spirit. I saw her in concert last year and even now, in her 70s, she has that feisty combination of warmth and of not suffering fools easily that has always endeared her to me. In this book, she explores weighty issues and opens her soul to the reader about her own experience with suicidal thoughts and the actual suicide of her son, Clark, at age 33 in 1992. This is not a book about ...more
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Judy Collins' only son committed suicide in 1995 at the age of 33. This is her personal account of the grieving and healing process following this tragic event. It raises questions on how society views suicide(keep it hidden and don't talk about it) and how important it is to change those views. Not only does she share her experience but she offers advice learned from various experts in suicidolgy and a extensive reference section for further study. It is a very thoughtful and personal account a ...more
Joy Walsh
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just prior to her concert last year I learned she had lost her son the same year I lost my brother. I felt so much compassion and could see the work she had done to heal her pain once I read this book. I read a few others of hers as well. I am so proud of her accomplishments and desire to continue life clean and sober! You rock Judy! Of course she doesn't need me to tell her that. You broke the silence encouraging others like me to speak out as a S.O.S. God Bless you...I know your son is with yo ...more
Sep 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
8 - I read this book because the author Judy Collins was going to be singing at a function I was attending. I have read a lot of books on suicide loss so I didn't think this one had a lot of new information. However, because she is a songwriter, I think this book was more enjoyable to read. She had a nice writing style for such a painful subject.

Judy did tons of reading after she lost her son to suicide. This was the 8th book I read on the subject, and I used her book as resource to help me pic
Aug 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Mixed feelings about this book, though they're mostly positive. I like that Judy Collins is open about her son's suicide, and it's effect on his family and friends. I like especially that the prevention of suicide isn't totally drugs; there are other things like exercise and meditation. I like that she's bringing suicide out into the open and encouraging discussion. But I didn't feel the book was well organized. ...more
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I love Judy Collins, but I like her singing better than her writing. This book, written after her son committed suicide, sheds light on the effects of a suicide on the survivors. At times I felt like I was reading someone's private journal....which I was. It might have been a better book if she had waited until she was a little less raw to write it. ...more
Laurel Lasser
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I am thankfully not a suicide survivor, but this book have me some great insight into the difficult life someone leads after a loved one commits suicide. Kudos to Judy Collins being so open and honest about her journey.
Jpmartin5552 Martin
Apr 30, 2009 rated it liked it
I read this because a friend's child committed suicide. It was short and easy to read, and moderately interesting but provided no great insight. I believe the author wrote it to help her heal from her own son's suicide, and there is nothing wrong with that!! ...more
Aug 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Sanity and Grace reads like a Judy Collins song-smooth, lilting, heart-wrenching.
Jenn Edwards
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book gives a whole new light to dealing with a family member who committed suicide- genetic predisposition and society's views. ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Survivors of Suicide

I cannot imagine life after the suicide of a child. Judy Collins goes deeply into that Underworld in this frank and brave book
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Judith Marjorie Collins is an American folk and standards singer and songwriter, known for the stunning purity of her soprano; for her eclectic tastes in the material she records (which has included folk, showtunes, pop, and rock and roll); and for her social activism.

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