SURVIVING A SON'S SUICIDE: Finding Comfort and Hope in Faith, Friends, and Community, By Ronald Higdon. Gonzalez, FL: Energion Publications, 2014. 66 pages.
Ron Higdon is a retired pastor (although he continues to do interim ministries) and a member of the Academy of Parish Clergy (an organization of which I am also a member). He is also a father whose son committed suicide. Writing as both father and as a pastor he has written a brief but compassionate book that speaks from the heart to those who also have suffered similar losses.
As I write in the blurb I provided the publisher for the book:
It is always difficult to lose a loved one to death. When the loved one is your child, it is even more difficult, especially when death comes by suicide. Ron Higdon is a pastor who has experienced this very tragedy, and with this book he shares his own grief and wisdom. It is a wisdom he passes on to others, those who have experienced such a loss, those who want to be supportive, and those who are called to minister to and possibly within such a loss. It must be a difficult story to tell, but Ron shares with us what is helpful and what is not. Such a testimony will be a blessing to many.
In the course of the book, Ron addresses the realities of one's grief, one's feeling of responsibility, and a road to healing. So, if you or someone you know is a parent who has suffered from such a loss then I believe this is a book that will speak to the heart. If you're a pastor Ron's pastoral insights will prove invaluable. I invite you to pick up and read.