Suicide would appear to be the last taboo. Even incest is now discussed freely in popular media, but the suicide of a loved one is still an act most people are unable to talk about--or even admit to their closest family or friends. This is just one of the many painful and paralyzing truths author Carla Fine discovered when her husband, a successful young physician, took his own life in December 1989. And being unable to speak openly and honestly about the cause of her pain made it all the more difficult for her to survive.
With No Time to Say Goodbye
, she brings suicide survival from the darkness into light, speaking frankly about the overwhelming feelings of confusion, guilt, shame, anger, and loneliness that are shared by all survivors. Fine draws on her own experience and on conversations with many other survivors--as well as on the knowledge of counselors and mental health professionals. She offers a strong helping hand and invaluable guidance to the vast numbers of family and friends who are left behind by the more than thirty thousand people who commit suicide each year, struggling to make sense of an act that seems to them senseless, and to pick up the pieces of their own shattered lives. And, perhaps most important, for the first time in any book, she allows survivors to see that they are not alone in their feelings of grief and despair.
"No Time to Say Goodbye
has put into words my experiences of a decade. The knowledge to be gained by reading this book is impossible to estimate, and I recommend it to all who have experienced a loss to suicide, regardless of how long ago. I also recommend it to my colleagues who will or have lost a client to suicide, and finally, to all people in our country so they may no longer be confused about the impact of suicide. Carla Fine safely and gently takes the reader on a journey that until now has been indescribable."
--Frank Campbell, President, American Association of Suicidology
"Suicide survivors will hear in Carla Fine's extraordinary book what we all too rarely hear--the honest and deeply human voices of others who have endure the bafflement and desolation of a loved one's suicide. We learn here that the dark legacy of suicide can be borne with dignity, forgiveness and hope."
--Larry Lockridge, Ph.D., author of Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr. author of Raintree County.