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Publisher's Summary

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 that 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 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. 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.

©1999 Carla Fine (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[T]his book offers hope in its summary of predictable patterns of adjustment." ( Library Journal)

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If You Have EVER contemplated suicide...

Read this book. If knowing the trail of horror that you will leave behind in the wake of killing yourself doesn't stop you, nothing will...

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Excellent Help to Understand Your Grief and Specia

This is well organized and well written for those of us who have had a loved one die from suicide. It is a special kind of grief that isn't quite covered in other general grief books.

At first I felt an undercurrent of anger, but by the end I knew that was not true, though it is very understandable.

I highly recommend this book to anyone suffering from this kind of grief.

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Really inspiring and helpful

A perfect book for the survivors of the suicide of a loved one and also for those who are thinking of commite suicide. Must read book.

Thanks to the author for sharing her feelings and emotions.

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to much detail

at times I found to graphic detail not needed and wounding. I do not see what benefit there is in all gritty details.

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  • Emeuu
  • Just north of Atlanta
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Horrible. Not helpful at all.

I recently lost my sister to suicide and I'm looking for a self-help on how to get through the grieving process. This is not it. I listened through half of this and it is just story after story of people who have suffered the same type of loss but that's it. No words of advice. I'm so depressed now if I were suicidal this would push me over the edge of hopelessness. Sheesh.

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In Honor of Suicide Prevention Month

Where does No Time to Say Goodbye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a difficult book to start, primarily because I knew it would be heavy and my normal choices are not heavy. I read for a love of ready and stories and thought this might be a dry listen.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the fact that the author, Carla Fine, read this work to us. She did a beautiful job of bringing the stigma of suicide and the very real struggle for survival after the suicide of a loved one into very clear focus. She used the stories of other survivors in a very non-hysterical way to make suicide something open for discussion.

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I highly recommend this book to anywone who has encountered suicide in their personal lives. It is a healing book.

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Raw reality rendering relief

I think I endured the book. My wife died two years ago and it brought back all the memories and some of the pain. But it's reality and knowing I'm not alone and that others have excepted it helped me. To know that some people have been in support groups for 15 years telling their story over and over help me to realize I should be telling someone my store. I should group Jonah support group. Myself analysis says that I may have poster medic stress syndrome. Thank you for the worst book i have ever enjoyed.

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