But I Didn't Say Goodbye Chapter
By Barbara Rubel, MA, BCETS, CBS
My father died by suicide while I was in the hospital awaiting the birth of my triplets. My heart ached for my dad as my mind questioned how I would one day tell them that their grandfather ended his life while they were about to be born. I have dedicated so much of my life to suicide awareness and postvention and wrote the book, But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping Children and Families After a Suicide to help those bereaved by suicide find some of the answers they seek. Children need adults they can rely on for honest answers based on age, emotional, and developmental level. The following is a chapter from But I Didn't Say Goodbye. At the end of the chapter, there is a space for adults to work with bereaved children which can be used in school counseling sessions, support groups, therapy sessions, or at home. Read the chapter here.