On an early Sunday morning, in the spring of 1975, 12-year-old Wendy awoke to the cries of her father, who had just found his wife — her mom — lying on the bathroom floor after taking her own life.
Unaware of what had just taken place, Wendy and her four younger siblings were whisked away to a neighbor's home. The bathroom was then cleaned, her mother's body was removed and all the evidence of what had happened that fateful day was gone.
Death by suicide was something that nobody could comprehend, let alone a preteen girl. Questions and demons engulfed Wendy, but there was no one to answer her questions and nobody to comfort her during her time of need.
In her book "Hope After Suicide: One Woman's Journey from Darkness to Light," author Wendy Parmley describes in detail what it was like to lose her mother.
Parmley takes readers from the present day to the past then back again, keeping the story engaging from start to finish.
She envelops the reader in the world she experienced as a teenager growing up in Utah County with the despair, loneliness and sadness she faced living life without her beloved mother. The reader hurts when she hurts and smiles when Parmley is finally able to mend her broken heart.
Parmley’s story is one of love, forgiveness and faith. The author’s words offer hope and healing for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
At 216 pages, this book is a quick read that flows nicely.
The religious content of this book fits well with most religious beliefs. The book is clean, with no detailed violence or sexual themes. However, with its sensitive subject matter, "Hope After Suicide" is suited for a more mature reader.
Editor's note: Arianne Brown's sister's death was from self-inflicted injuries, and Brown shares about giving the eulogy at her funeral in "Sorrow that the eye can't see."
Arianne Brown is a mother of six and a lover of all things, even the common housefly. Her downtime is spent running the trails of the Wasatch Mountains and beyond. Her email is [email protected] or search her Facebook page "A Mother's Write."