Whether you are struggling with fresh grief at a loved ones death
by suicide or your loss happened years ago, you should know that
you are not alone. 5 million Americans are affecteddirectly or
indirectlyby 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 guide book, Michael F.
Myers, MD, a leading psychiatrist, and Carla Fine, author of the
acclaimed "No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved
One," combine their perspectives as a physician and a survivor to
offer compassionate and practical advice to anyone affected by
suicide. BACKCOVER: Advance Praise for "Touched by Suicide":
Each year suicide claims tens of thousands of lives, but its
victims extend far beyond the annual statistical sum. It is the
living, those loved ones left behind to answer the unanswerable and
move on with life, who surely are the victims as well. To them,
"Touched by Suicide" will prove a resource of very great
Gordon H. Smith, United States Senator
A rich resource of guidance and support written by survivors with
candor and compassion intended for those who have been touched by
suicide. This book will be invaluable for those who must face the
tragedy of suicide in their lives and those who are in a position
to support the healing journey of survivors.
Jerry Reed, Executive Director, Suicide Prevention Action Network
This is a remarkable step-by-step manual for living through the
profound chaos that suicide leaves in its wake. This compelling,
comprehensive, and inspirational book is written not just for
survivors, but for all of us who strive to understand and prevent
suicide. .. This is a worthy contribution to the literature of
suicide and survival.
Morton M. Silverman, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of
Psychiatry, The University of Chicago; Editor-in-Chief, "Suicide
and Life-Threatening Behavior"
"Touched by Suicide" is a floodlit pathway for those tragically
thrust into the dark forest of having to survive a loved ones
suicide. It is loaded with straight talk and practical insights,
compassion and understanding. Myers and Fine deftly meld their
personal and professional experiences, aided by compelling
first-person accounts, to translate unfathomable pain into hope.
This is the most important reference survivors should read.
Alan L. Berman, Ph.D., ABPP, Executive director, American
Association of Suicidology
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