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Fierce Goodbye

Living in the Shadow of Suicide
Fierce Goodbye

By authors: G Lloyd Carr, Gwendolyn Carr
Product Code: 9267
ISBN: 9780836192674
Pages: 168
Binding Information: Paper
Size: 8.25 x 5.25 inches

Publication Date: 1/2/2004

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What does the Bible say on the topic of suicide? What does it not say? G. Lloyd Carr, now professor emeritus of biblical and theological studies at Gordon College, Mass., began to ask these questions after a precious daughter-in-law died by suicide. He embarked on a thorough canvassing of the scriptures and church history on this topic, which helped him on his grief journey. His poet wife, Gwendolyn C. Carr, found solace in writing out her responses and thoughts in moving, sensitive poetry. Their combined efforts in this distinctive book meld the pain and poignancy of the devastating experience of a family member's suicide with expertise from their respective professions.

Fierce Goodbye is first and foremost a penetrating account of a family dealing with suicide, and offers solid guidance for those who worry about the eternal fate of a loved one. It provides a reliable and readable summary of Christian thinking about suicide, useful for pastors, counselors, students, and teachers.

Free downloadable study guide available here.

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  • Foreword ... 11
  • Poem: Hanging On ... 13
  • Prologue ... 15
  1. A Suicide Reasons / The End ... 19
  2. Lovers / Friday ... 23
  3. Why? / Saturday ... 27
  4. A Young Suicide / Sunday ... 24
  5. Unpossessed / Picking Up the Pieces ... 38
  6. The Way It Is / A Look at Some Bible Stories ... 44
  7. Cremated / Some Observations ... 57
  8. Interment / What the Church Has Said ... 65
  9. Her Time / About the Martyrs ... 73
  10. My Time / What the Theologians Say ... 79
  11. A Time to Cry / Life and Death ... 93
  12. When Roses Waited / A Summary ... 101
  13. Not Lost / "We've Been There, Too" ... 106
  14. A Long Grief / Keeping On ... 112

"Most people see suicide as a sad death and not a subject for conversation. The Carrs have written about their daughter-in-law's suicide at 30 and their journey through feelings of guilt and remorse as well as their response to others. . . . This book is not depressing. It will be enlightening for those who have been touched by suicide or want to be informed in order to help others. It's an excellent resource."

--Church Libraries

"I recommend this book for those involved in caregiving, as well as for those who wish to know more about how to help those who grieve the suicide of a loved one."

--Mennonite Brethren Herald

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