In this account of one family’s tragedy of suicide lies a bare honesty. Tanya French has had the courage to tell her very personal story of the most difficult and anguished time of her life in a highly candid manner. This is a book borne out of a deep need to let us know that in the agonising loss of a loved one from suicide, the journey does not need to be taken alone, that the overwhelming feelings of shock, disbelief, guilt, shame, anger and despair are to be normalised and can be shared rather than stifled and hidden. This is a book worth reading because both the risk of, and the act of suicide casts long shadows across our society, across family, friends and work colleagues. It is a book with a message of hope, that the more sharing that is done, the more awareness that is raised about suicide, the less alone we will all be in the face of this cruel social phenomenon.
BSW B.Ec (Hons)
Thank you, Tanya, for sharing your story with such raw honesty. As I read your words, I felt your pain, grief and loss of your beloved husband. The more we talk about suicide and depression it can only help others to know that they are not alone. I believe that your story will help others to step out of the shadows and into the light. We must never underestimate the power of a loving family and friends and it is obvious that the relationship and love you share with your children has helped you all to heal. Congratulations on telling your story with such bravery and courage.
Dr Ros Worthington
Philanthropist Founder of Breast Cancer WA Founder of HelpME campaign with Lifeline Founder of Love Angel projects.