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No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One (1997)

by Carla Fine

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Even though I originally bought this book to help me process my brother-in-law's death...I found myself thinking about my sister the entire way through. It was a rough go, emotionally, but worth it. ( )
  redsnapdragons | May 1, 2017 |
This is a magnificent book on a subject which no one wants to speak about, let alone read. Fine has written an incredible book on suicide and its effects on the survivors. This is not a book you would read for pleasure. This is a textbook on grief, survivors’ loss, coping, or promoting the value of counseling after traumatic death. The readership would include medical professionals, grieve counselors, clergy, families of suicide victims or those studying death in popular American culture. The author’s husband (a medical doctor) had committed suicide and the book illustrates her own struggles to understand the event itself and her own reaction. Fine went on to interview other family members of suicide victims to anonymously add them to her own detailed story. The book is organized by chapter to mirror what is experienced (in linear time) with someone who is actually going through the grieving process. The book begins with the desire to speak out of the ‘silence’ that descends after the stigma of suicide is known. Then the event itself in all its monstrous effects is covered. Feelings of helplessness, financial problems and effects on families are given serious consideration. The book concludes with getting help, forgiving the loved one and oneself. There is a section on resources which is dated, as it has only telephone numbers (no web sites). From my point of view the unique aspect of Fine’s work is the sheer number of instances and the circumstances for why someone would commit suicide. It is much more common than anyone wants to admit and therein lays the difficulty. Fine has written a powerful testimony to the power of love that each person carries within them even after traumatic event of suicide has taken place. It is a tragedy that such a book would be needed but I am happy that Fine has allowed us to share the wisdom from her most painful adult experience. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Nov 30, 2011 |
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With this book, Carla Fine brings suicide survival from the darkness into the light, speaking frankly and with compassion about the overwhelming feelings of confusion, guilt, shame, anger, and loneliness that are shared by all survivors. Drawing on her own experience and the experiences of the many other survivors with whom she has spoken, as well as on the knowledge of counselors and mental health professionals, she offers a strong helping hand and invaluable guidance through the various stages of the survival process.
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Suicide would appear to be the last taboo. Even incest is now discussed freely in popular media, but the suicide of a loved one is still an act most people are unable to talk about--or even admit to their closest family or friends. This is just one of the many painful and paralyzing truths author Carla Fine discovered when her husband, a successful young physician, took his own life in December 1989. And being unable to speak openly and honestly about the cause of her pain made it all the more difficult for her to survive.

With No Time to Say Goodbye, she brings suicide survival from the darkness into light, speaking frankly about the overwhelming feelings of confusion, guilt, shame, anger, and loneliness that are shared by all survivors. Fine draws on her own experience and on conversations with many other survivors--as well as on the knowledge of counselors and mental health professionals. She offers a strong helping hand and invaluable guidance to the vast numbers of family and friends who are left behind by the more than thirty thousand people who commit suicide each year, struggling to make sense of an act that seems to them senseless, and to pick up the pieces of their own shattered lives. And, perhaps most important, for the first time in any book, she allows survivors to see that they are not alone in their feelings of grief and despair.

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Suicide would appear to be the last taboo. Even incest is now discussed freely in popular media, but the suicide of a loved one is still an act most people are unable to talk about--or even admit to their closest family or friends. This is just one of the many painful and paralyzing truths author Carla Fine discovered when her husband, a successful young physician, took his own life December 1989. Being unable to speak openly and honestly about the cause of her pain made it all the more difficult for her to survive. With No Time To Say Goodbye, she brings suicide survival from the darkness into light, speaking frankly about the overwhelming feelings of confusion, guilt, shame, anger, and loneliness that are shared by all survivors. Fine draws on her own experience and conversations with many other survivors--as well as on the knowledge of counselors and mental health professionals. She offers a strong helping hand and invaluable guidance to the vast numbers of family and friends who are left behind by the more than thirty thousand people who commit suicide each year, struggling to make sense of an act that seems to seem senseless, and to pick up the pieces of their own shattered lives. Perhaps, most important, for the first time in any book, she allows survivors to see that they are not alone in their feelings of grief and despair.… (more)

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