- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Reprint edition (1 May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385485514
- ISBN-13: 978-0385485517
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.8 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
No Time to Say Goodbye Paperback – 1 May 2002
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"I wish had the comfort and wisdom of this book. It might have eased the pain of over thirty years," --Gerry Spence, auhtor of The Making of a Country Lawyer and How to Argue and Win Every Time
"Full of stories. Stories of pain and heartache. Stories of courage and inspiration. I know of no other work on this subject that is so comprehensive and rich in exposition." --The American Journal of Psychiatry
From the Author
We who have lost a loved one to suicide are not alone.
My husband killed himself seven years ago. The overwhelming isolation made me feel I was totally alone and no one else could possibly understand what I was going through. Since then, I have spoken with hundreds of other survivors. There are many of us out there--I hope my book will break through the stigma of mourning in secrecy a person we have loved and lost to suicide. I have also included a list of suicide survivor support groups throughout the US and Canada. We who have been there share a singular bond. I hope you like my book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Depression has haunted me ever since, sometimes seriously. Although nowadays, I can spot when it's coming, and after some reasonably good therapy, I can emotionally hide for a few days and then life continues as per normal.
I bought this book 3 years ago, as I still felt there were some aspects missing, and loads of questions that still remain unanswered. No-one out there can really help, as another reviewer has said,
"Some things in life have to be experienced, not studied, to be understood." Never a truer word spoken.
Anyone out there who isn't thinking of reading this, having gone through similar levels of emotional turmoil, I would strongly recommend they do so. If it gets too much for you, which it will at times, then put it down, and pick it up again later. The "later" part may well be an hour, it could be years. You WILL finish the book eventually.
I leant the book to my sister, who agreed with me it's the only thing she has read that actually reaches inside and comforts you. The social stigma which goes with this subject is still just as powerful today as it was then, as conversation stoppers go, it may not be first in place, but it's ahead of second. This is the only book I have read, which even touches on this aspect. Raising this subject, and coming to terms with it, with potential long term partners has often ruined the relationship.
There is a note which starts one of the chapters, "you are trapped between you wanting this event to be the most important part of your life, and the least". These words are burnt onto the inside of my skull.
Thank you Carla, writing this book must have been one hell of a journey.
But there is a down side. She luxuriates in high-flown language in her commentary and in the telling of her own story: for example, she can't describe the consulting room where her husband died in simple terms: it has to be "my husband's killing ground" - just excessive and self-indulgent; to much of "me, me, me" I feel. Thankfully, her telling of other people's stories is straightforward and it is in these you will find parallels with your own situation which is really helpful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written book, touches subjects and feelings that often are missed by most people. Read in two days. Recommended.Published 6 months ago by amanda
I have bought many books from Amazon over the years but this is the only book I felt so passionate about I wanted to let others know. Read morePublished 20 months ago by sandra taylor
Easy to read and uplifting in the hope it offers to those bereaved by suicide.Published 20 months ago by Moll
Brilliant book by Carla Fine. a must read for everybody. touch or not by the tragedy of suicide. A companion for a journey in life . highly recommended. Read morePublished on 17 April 2014 by ofelia
Essentail reading for anyone who, like me, has lost a relative to suicide. There is comfort in knowing others have experienced the pain you too are feeling.Published on 2 Oct. 2013 by Miss Bird
I got this book for my niece, as she lost her husband by suicide, and I think it helped her a little.Published on 11 May 2013 by Susan Swindells
Having recently lost my husband to suicide, and going through a roller coaster of emotions. Feeling like i was going mad but having no one to help me or tell me that is was normal... Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2012 by Karen Boardman
This is like a mini-support group in a book. I found it very helpful in a very difficult time in my life. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2012 by Laurenod
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