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Don't Cry, Pappa: Surviving Persistent Depression and Heartbreaking Tragedies to Find a New Mission in Life Paperback – February 4, 2015
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About the Author
Gunnar Skollingsberg has lived through the tragic deaths of two of his children. A lifelong depression sufferer, Gunnar struggled to find the strength to carry on. Ultimately, he rallied around his love for his remaining children and a desire to bring comfort and laughter to lonely children everywhere.
Dr. Skollingsberg is a distinguished academic. He has earned several degrees: two bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, and a doctorate in educational psychology. He has spent over twenty years as a public school teacher and twenty years as a school psychologist. His passion for education and mental-health awareness led him to focus his considerable talents on making small, positive differences in kids’ lives on a daily basis. This simple approach helps him deal with his ongoing pain and grief for his own lost children.
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This story is heartbreaking at times, but Skollngsberg shows that it is possible to live through the darkest time of your life and still emerge on the other side whole and normal. You never get over the loss of a child, but you can survive it. This memoir broke my heart, but also gave me hope that no matter what life brings, anyone can find the strength to go on. I highly recommend it.
A beautifully tragic memoir that was well written but not easily read at times. As a fellow suffer of anxiety and depression, the darker parts of this novel really resonated with me. It was somehow comforting to hear someone describing the same emotions that I have felt at one point or another, but hard to make it through some of the chapters.
I understand the desire to put monumental life occurrences into words, it helps to be able to sort things out in your own mind after the fact and really reflect on what happened. Although I can not imagine how it feels to end marriages or lose children, the author conveyed his thoughts with such vivid honesty that I felt connected with his pain.
This book is well worth reading and will keep you turning pages.
Dr. Skollingsberg frankly discusses the option of suicide, which is often shoved under the rug in "polite" society. You don't talk about it. Pretend it isn't there. But it IS there. Sometimes, the pain is so awful, you just want it to stop, and suicide seems like the only option. I've been there, too, and staggered out, more or less intact, after deciding against it.
The part that was most painful for me was reading about his church. I won't mention it by name, but the church should have been there for him when he needed its support - but it wasn't. It only added to his heartache. He dared to question some of the things they said and did, so they turned their back on him in his time of greatest need. That's not my idea of what a church is about.
This is a book about how one institution after another failed him, when this dreadfully wounded man needed help. Spouses, employers, communities, churches - they seemed to evaporate and left him standing in the dust, devastated and alone. And yet, he managed to survive, and to give others a reason to go on living, as well.
Gunnar Skollingsberg is a hero from where I stand.
This is a very powerful read and it is one that you, like me, will be recommending to others when you finish it.
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