"I recommend this book to suicide survivors and to mental health professionals. Madeline Sharples is much more honest about what it is like to survive suicide than most patients and clients allow themselves to be." - Fran Edstrom, American Association of Suicidology
"A poetically visceral, emotionally honest account of Sharple's experience with her son's bipolar disorder, his suicide and her family's grief and gradual adaptation to their terrible loss. I will be a better, more empathic psychiatrist, and a better person and friend after having read this extraordinary memoir." - Irvin D. Godofsky, M.D.
"I recommend this book to those who lost a child or who struggle with the mental illness of a child, and to anyone at all who wants a deep, intimate read where the author bares her soul and lets you into her world!" - Bonni Rubinstein, Organizer of the Facebook group "Loss of an Adult or Young Adult Child"
"Leaving the Hall Light On
left me in tears. It is a heart-wrenching book; I could not put it down. Anyone who wants to learn how to live with children or adults with bipolar disorder, must read this book." - Mary Barrett, The Nashville (Illinois) News
"It must have taken great courage to reveal your story to yourself and your family let alone to the world at large. I was completely caught up in your life and the heart-wrenching drama that you were experiencing. The world is a better place for your having written this book." - Mark Shelmerdine, CEO, Jeffers Press
From the Author
Madeline Sharples offers the story of her son Paul's journey into madness and the life she rebuilt from the rubble of profound sorrow and heartbreak. Sharples describes her grief and the guilt-ridden aftermath, and then moves forward to share with readers how she emerged from a heart-crushing event alive, whole, and productive.
Interspersed with photographs, as well as poems stunning in bare emotion, the book explains what happened in the life of Madeline's family before and after the death of her eldest son, and how Madeline, her husband, and younger son claimed the ability to move forward with their lives--honoring the memory of Paul and facing honestly the toll his mental illness took on their family.