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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Books (November 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806626844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806626840
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of the best resources for parents grieving the death of a child due to suicide.” -- THE DIRECTOR, May 2000

About the Author

Corinne Chilstrom is the associate pastor of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. A registered nurse, she has been active in hospice work, and over the past several years, she has spoken frequently and conducted many grief-related workshops.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Chilstrom's son, Andy died by suicide in 1984 at 18. This book blows away some myths about suicide and tells a very personal and revealing story of the author's family learning (by experience) more about suicide and grief.
Her experience and writing can help many who must deal with similar facts--or friends of such a family--especially people of faith. Not only for suicide survivors, though, consider reading this book if you have adopted children.
For me it was a good read--I knew Andy Chilstrom as an aquaintence when we were both teenagers--because I now better understand his struggles. You will, after reading, seek out your own children for a long tender hug and kiss.
The author's husband was the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from '87 until a few years ago. He was a bishop of a Minnesota Lutheran synod during the book's events--so in many ways, they were public people and had to deal with the baggage that accompanies that fact.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Quackenbush on June 9, 2001
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I found comfort in this book but, being Christian was not offended by the MANY referrals to scriputures and psalms quoted in the book. I don't know if survivors of other faiths would share in this or be uncomfortable about the multiple references to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.I could also see anyone who is really ANGRY at God right now for the suicide of their loved one being irrate at the references but, may find it helpful later on in their grieving process.I cannot say I would reccomend this book for all.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Karen Burka on January 7, 2000
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In the three years since my 24-year old brother committed suicide, I've bought and read several books about surviving the suicide of a loved one. Unfortunately, this one is not my favorite. I did relate to many parts of the authors' experience and feelings about the loss of their son. But I was turned off by the strong religious overtones of much of their writing. Although I do have a strong belief in God, I didn't personally find their numerous references to God and prayer helpful in dealing with my feelings. I found other books, such as Carla Fine's "No Time To Say Goodbye" more helpful in accepting and dealing with the feelings of guilt, shame and anger I've felt since my brother's death.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2000
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In response to the last review stating that this is a book with strong religious overtones; more accurately, it's a religious book--published by a church book publisher and authored by a Lutheran Pastor. A religious book is what should be expected.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna C. on September 20, 2007
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I found this book at a Christian bookstore and I benefited so much from reading it that I've ordered additional copies for family members through Amazon. It's written as an on going story; one that the foggy grieving mind can follow. After I lost a family member to suicide I had so many questions for God. This book was written by someone highly educated in God's word, and she is also very down to earth. She's suffered the suicide of her son, an adopted child with extra struggles in life due to a lack of identity. The author digs deep into her soul and shares feelings that some of us dare to say out loud! My copy is now ragged and tear stained, but one I'll always treasure. It got me through the murk, and helped me to move on.
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I just started reading the book and so far it is keeping my interest. I know the author personally and also the family.
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