Honest, insightful, well written and optimistic. A very important book for the newly bereaved, their relative and friends. Very helpful for educators and for professions who work with teenagers and suicide survivors. This book is a must for all Suicide Survivors Support Groups and those who work with the bereaved. -- Ben Wolfe, M.ED. L.I. C. S.W, Past-President, The Association for Death Education and Counseling
It is the most helpful book I have read on bereavement. It answers the questions we all ask when we're grieving. I think this book is a "must read" for all suicide survivors and their loved ones who feel so incompetent as they search for understanding and ways to help the bereaved. Reading it helped me understand why my precious 13 year-old son died by suicide. -- Margaret K., facilitator, Suicide Survivors Support Group, St. Mary's Medical Center
Suicide Survivors Handbook is a much needed book in a physicians practice. The book is very insightful and loaded with practical information. It is a very useful book for survivors of suicide and just as useful for any type of loss of a loved one. I will be more than happy to use it in may practice. -- Kenneth L. Irons, M.D
About the Author
Trudy Carlson never intended to write this book. Her son Ben's death changed the direction of her life, and her writing. Schooled as a professional in behavioral disabilities, she taught university level courses in child psychology, adolescent psychology, developmental psychology, the psychology of the exceptional child, personality and mental hygiene, educational psychology, the psychology of individual differences, and seminar topics for advanced students. With these skills it was devastating when her son who suffered from bipolar illness, anxiety disorder and ADHD died by suicide.
Trudy soon turned her skills to developing a series of books that dealt with the difficulties of children and adults with bipolar illness, learning disabilities, ADHD, and anxiety disorder. She also published the highly respected Suicide Survivors Handbook.