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Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide Paperback – February 1, 2006
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About the Author
Jean Larch, SWT, for the past two decades, has followed her passion at Macomb County Crisis Center as a Crisis Intervention Specialist, working closely with suicidal individuals and family members who have survived the loss of a loved one due to suicide. She has developed an acclaimed workshop on the subject of the suicidal mind, which continues to benefit both survivors and professionals. She trains mental health professionals on various aspects of suicide. She lives with her husband Mark in Michigan.
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Top Customer Reviews
As far as the warning signs, which at least one person seemed to feel just increased their guilt, I hope survivors notice that the author points out that the signs fit many, many people who would never consider committing suicide. The one warning sign that really stood out to me, though, is the one that Beverly says is the strongest indicator - previous suicide attempts. My nephew had attempted suicide one time that my sister knew about, and she asked him to drop out of graduate school and come back home. She hoped he would stay for several months but he insisted on returning after just about two months. It wasn't until after his death that she learned that he had survived at least one other attempt. Her son had only told his stepbrother about that attempt, and had made the stepbrother commit to secrecy.Read more ›
I highly reccomend this book to anyone who is struggling with the "why" of suicide.
They cover the intense feelings of dejection and hopelessness which can lead to suicidal tendencies, they cover the warning signs to be aware of , they cover the chemical imbalance involved in the illness of depression, they cover the trauma involved for those who witness the scene, and they assist the reader in understanding where our loved ones were at that critical moment in their lives, they ease our need to know WHY.
They can do this because they once were where I am today and just knowing that gives me hope...that one day my family and I will see the light thru our recent horrific loss........and hope is all that sustains us for today....and all our tomorrows.
Thank you Bev and Jean for opening doors to a subject that just isn't talked about enough.I find myself reading it over and over and each time I come away with something new.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ms Cobain and Ms Larch accurately grasp the impact of suicide and the complexity of this grief. My husband and I read this book and found it very helpful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MeLaniSM
Although there is a tough section to read for a suicide survives who lose their loved ones recently, this book provides great insights and gave practical tools to cope with pain. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A hard worker
I bought this for a friend of mine who is a survivor of his sister's suicide. He said that he's finding the book to be comforting, and is making his loss more bearable.Published 4 months ago by Marian R.
After my son took his life at the age of 20 I needed to try to understand why though I never will this book explains so muchPublished 4 months ago by stephanie
This book is short and a quick read, which is great. It also does not go into great detail on violent deaths. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lady Loo
I read this book to help me understand more about the "WHY'S" of suicide. It provides insight into the thoughts and emotions of the suicidal person. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amy