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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Herald Press (January 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836192672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836192674
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Visser on September 13, 2010
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This book is an excellent one for anyone who has experienced a family member or friend's death by suicide. It answers many questions that the remaining person has regarding the shock of this kind of tragic loss. I highly recommend this book as a source of healing for those going through the grief process. It answered many of my questions when I went through a situation like the one that the author experienced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Mckenna on October 6, 2012
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Lovely poetry, well documented scripture writings related to topic of 'suicide' ~ some personal insight into being the ones left behind ~ would like to have more of the personal 'how to' in the book ~ Overall ~ will serve as an excellent book in the educational arena ~ excellent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lois Michaloski on April 18, 2012
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THis book is helpful in dealing with deep grief. It is encouraging and helps one to know how to keep moving through the maze.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Freeborn John on June 18, 2011
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On December 9, 1983 Kate a young woman in her early thirties killed herself by gunshot - this death left behind a young child and husband. Moreover, Kate was also a Christian and left behind a family of Christians. Such a state of affairs is one that can be a source of shame and difficulty for Christians. Aside from the general guilt and stigma suicide continues to bring there is the almost universal sentiment that suicide is a sin, even a mortal sin.

The death of Kate, or more specifically, the after-effects of Kate's death is the subject of Fierce Goodbye. The title is taken from one of the co-author's poems written shortly after Kate's death, the relevant section being "You reveled deeply / in your pain / until, with only death / to gain, gave one last cry / to sever hurt - / then one last fierce goodbye". As the poem illustrates this is not an academic treatise and, in this, is reminiscent of Nicholas Wolterstorff's Lament for a Son.

In the case of the Carrs it was a daughter in law who died but some of the same raw truth-telling is present but, in the case of the Fierce Goodbye I do get the sense that it emotion has been censored somewhat in respect to feeling a need to put a positive shine on the feelings of tragedy.

There are, I think, two aspects to this book. First there is the personal recollection and voice given to the grieving process. Second, there is a more formal examination of suicide in church tradition and scripture which leads to the conclusion that there is no basis for the assertion that suicide is sinful, mortal or otherwise.
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