No Time to Say Goodbye
By: Carla Fine
No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving The Suicide Of A Loved One
This is an excellent book for the survivors of law enforcement suicides, too often shunned and forgotten by police departments in a short time. Not only is it valuable reading for them, but it is essential reading for police administrators who are interested in improving their programs. A moving, heart-wrenching book, and a true testimony about the frequent struggles of surviving families.
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 thirty thousand 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.