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Hope After Suicide by Wendy Parmley

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

After her mother took her own life, Wendy Parmley learned firsthand the heartache, despair, and loneliness that accompanies suicide loss. Reinvent your definition of saved, perfect, and forgiveness as you read this true narrative of a woman opening her heart years after her mother's suicide and learn how to overcome any loss in your own life.

Goodreads Summary

Those that have had a major loss and never dealt with it properly will find a true home in this book. Wendy's mother's death took a major tole on her life when it happened, and as she revisits all of her feelings it becomes apparent that she still has some healing to do. We can all learn a lesson from this journey through the soul of Wendy as she explores her thoughts.

As she describes her pain, and the extra responsibilities that she had to take on after her mother's death, you really get a feel for what Wendy went through. Her realistic and open presentation of what happened was refreshing yet sad at some points, but never was so depressing that you didn't want to continue reading. Those close to their faith will have a deep appreciation for this story as Wendy relies heavily on her faith to get her through her struggles. All in all, it is a story of courage that many readers will enjoy as they read through the trauma that Wendy faced.

3.5 Stars


Wendy Parmley suffered a disabling bike accident in September 2011.  Unable to return to her 20 year nursing career because of the continued effects of her injuries, Wendy began the slow and painful penning of her angel mother’s story and Wendy’s healing journey following her mom’s suicide death.  Wendy’s mom took her own life when just 31 years old, leaving behind her husband of thirteen years and their five young children.
Wendy has long advocated for suicide prevention and has participated on various professional and community based groups dedicated to that end.  She also recognizes the need to unashamedly support those who must continue to live in the painful aftermath of a loved one’s suicide and passionately lends her voice to that cause.
Prior to her bike accident, Wendy worked in nursing leadership for 14 years, earning her MBA degree from Brigham Young University in 2007.  Despite her continued limitations, Wendy is grateful to spend more time with the love of her life, her husband Mark.  She is ever grateful for his support and the support of their three married sons and their wives, their amazing daughter, and their beautiful two grandchildren who fill their life with sunshine.
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*Reviewed by Chris* 

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