Life Goes On

Picking Up the Pieces After a Loved One’s Suicide

by Kim Haymans


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$18.59

Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/24/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781452588681

About the Book

All loss is difficult, but death by suicide is a traumatic loss that brings with it more than just grief. Suicide leaves the surviving family members and friends with unfounded feelings of guilt and shame, questions that can never be answered, and regrets that make accepting the death almost impossible. When my husband took his own life in 2009, my life spiraled out of control for a time. I struggled to understand what had happened, why it happened, and, most of all, why I didn’t see it coming. I blamed myself and for a time wanted to give up and die. Living and dealing with the events surrounding his death were just too difficult and painful. I questioned everybody and everything in my life—including God. In time, with the help of family members, friends, counselors, pastors, and prayer, I found my way out of the depths of my despair. I gradually began to put my life back together again—slowly but surely, one piece at the time. My life is drastically different now from what I imagined it would be when I first married. I’ve had to accept changes that were forced on me, but I’ve tried to make the best of those changes and use them in a positive way. I began writing a blog two years after my husband’s death as a means of therapy for myself. I never dreamed it would turn into something that would help others as well. After keeping my blog going for two years, I decided to pursue turning it into a book. Life Goes On: Picking Up the Pieces After a Loved One’s Suicide is the result of my personal experience and is told straight from the heart with total honesty.


About the Author

Kim Haymans is an elementary school teacher with a specialist’s degree in early childhood. She is an only child with one son and two grandchildren. She lives in a rural area in midwestern Georgia. Kim met her future husband while in college. They married in 1983 and had just celebrated their 25th anniversary at the time of his death.