No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One

Suicide would appear to be the last taboo. 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, Carla brings suicide survival from the darkness into light, speaking frankly about the overwhelming feelings of confusion, guilt, shame, sadness, anger, and loneliness that are shared by all survivors. Carla 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 30,000 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, Carla allows survivors to see that they are not alone in their feelings of grief and despair.

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Selected Works

Drawing on her own ordeal following her husband's suicide, as well as the experiences of other survivors and the knowledge of professionals, Carla Fine offers guidance through the various stages of the process of grieving and reconciliation. (Harmony/Doubleday, 1999)
Written with Dr. Michael Myers, one of the leading clinicians in the field of suicide and professor of psychiatry at the SUNY-Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn, New York, the book offers detailed steps, practical suggestions, and compassionate advice to help you and your family cope after suicide. (Gotham Books/Penguin, 2006)
A dynamic approach to raising a healthy and assured woman, Strong, Smart, and Bold empowers a girl to be her own best advocate and inspires her to discover, hold on to, and be proud of who she is. The Girls Inc. Girls' Bill of Rights, which is the foundation of this book, helps a girl understand that she is entitled to be valued and respected at home, at school, and in her community. (HarperResource, 2002)