Reader Response: After My Son’s Suicide

After My Son’s Suicide is the most healing, uplifting book I have read in over a decade. It is a wonderful, enormously helpful and healing, and not just for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. My husband died of a sudden heart attack 17 years ago, and I did a lot of grieving then. But after reading this book, I realized how much unprocessed work I have been stuffing into denial, and how much that has made my life subtly unhappy.

It is also tremendously helpful to parents, spouses, friends and relatives of those who have gone astray into practices, addictions, and undiagnosed mental dysfunctions that damage their lives and break out hearts. How can we forgive them? How can God forgive them? How can we live with their choices? How can we be happy again? Isackson’s book gives hope through gentle reason, scripture and many, many anecdotes.
Lorie H. Nicholes (Davis), Author of the “Iron Rose” series of historical biographies


This book is a road map to recovery for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The principles are clearly and sensitively written with an inviting personal touch. The process of Darla Isackson’s shared journey from despair to joy can help anyone who has experienced the scars of a deep personal trauma to rebuild a meaningful life.
Gary & Joy Lundberg, authors of I Don’t Have to Make Everything All Better 
(Gary is a seasoned licensed marriage and family therapist)


The content of this book will give anyone dealing with the pain of the suicide of a loved one the feeling of a mother’s arms holding wide a soft warmed blanket inviting her child to comfortably rest within. This is such a poignant story. The healing balm of these words makes you believe, understand, and embrace the Atonement . . . I felt the tender softness of broken heart and spirit. I felt Darla’s love and longing for her son. And felt her reaching out to find, not his, but the Savior’s hand.
Brenda Floyd, mother, grandmother, suicide griever


You sang my life with your words. Even the details were my experience. I kept bowing my head to say little prayers during the reading. This book is greatly needed and addresses many questions for those left behind.
Phyllis Gunderson, suicide griever, mother, grandmother, Author of Wrinkled Missionaries and Lights of Mahonri Moriancumr


It’s amazing how right on you are. It makes me feel normal–what a good feeling that is! I wish everyone involved with a suicide could read your book. It offers insightful, inspired and honest information. It is wonderful. Thank you, thank you!
Bonnie Holt, suicide griever, mother, grandmother, author of Joy Outweighs the Sorrow


If you have experienced the grief and trauma from someone’s suicide, Darla’s book offers comfort and healing. She quotes church leaders and pertinent scriptures, along with comments of those who have experienced such a loss in their families. All of this is interwoven with Darla’s heart-wrenching story of her own son’s suicide. She takes you by the hand and leads you through the mire of resentment, grief, and self-doubt to eventual acceptance of things as they really are. I was educated by her words, as well as by the Spirit during my reading of her book. It had a tremendous impact on me. The depth of Darla’s spirituality makes this book one that will not leave you wanting. It is a must read for anyone struggling with grief over the suicide of a child, spouse, or friend.
Debbie Bake, Mental Health Worker, Expert on Depression, both professionally and from experience


I was there the day Darla found out that Brian had taken his life. Through the years she has distilled the finest, truest sources of healing she has found, sustained by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Others have been drawn to her, eager for her empathy and insights and have asked for this book. With God’s help she has birthed it. As I read it, I felt as though Darla had taken her soul and wrung it out as a gift of love.
Patricia Potts, author of Journey from Darkness to Light and First Aid for Feelings

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