The Introduction includes how this book is organized, how to read this book, who should read this book, and a note to the professianl and parent. But I Didn’t Say Goodbye is for the helping professional or parent as you try to help children in the afermath of suicide. Part One presents Alex, a ten-year-old whose father has just died by suicide. Alex asks questions and tries to find meaning in the loss. At the end of the eight brief chapters in Part One, there are pages with STOP signs. The purpose of the eight Stop to process pages is to help the grieving child process his or her own story. Part Two offers information on setting up a memorial fund, and will help in your search for prevention and survivor support. To keep suicide survivor support group information updated, a toll-free number is given for groups in your area, Bereavemnet referrals include death education and grief counseling. The last part of this book includes recommended resources, bereavement magazines, newsletters, reports, journals, books and articles. Find videos, tapes, and a reading list that will help you continue your exploration of suicide awareness, prevention and bereavement.
Amazon Editorial Reviews
“A richly imaginative and innovative work that is solidly grounded and eminently readable . . .” — Rabbi Earl Grollman, D.H.L.;D.D., author with Max Malikow, Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide
“Barbara Rubel takes a very difficult topic and creates a manageable path … to follow when helping the young suicide survivor.” — Helen Fitzgerald, author, The Grieving Child, and The Mourning Handbook
“This is an extraordinary resource to help children deal with the difficult often hidden and stigmatizing after effects of suicide.” — Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., Professor of Gerontology, College of New Rochelle, NY, Senior Consultant, Hospice Foundation of America
Amazon Reader Review
But I Didn’t Say Goodbye led me through explaining suicide to my two children after a suicide death in our family. Barbara Rubel breaks down in understandable, step-by-step, layman’s terms, how to speak, with honesty, care, and sensitivity, to a child about suicide. As a grief specialist, I know the lingo, and yet, when tragedy struck our family, all my knowledge flew out the window. If I did not have Rubel’s book, I would’ve been lost. Thank goodness for her book and the wisdom each page holds. I have passed Rubel’s book along to many a bereaved family & community member, client, and professional. Barbara Rubel is a true gift to the field of Thanatology!