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The Fierce Goodbye: Hope in the wake of suicide

One December day, the daughter-in-law of Lloyd and Gwendolyn Carr shot herself. Like any suicide, this one left a family with immense pain and many questions. But unlike most families surviving a suicide, this one included a trained biblical scholar and a sensitive poet.

Besides facing and attempting to deal with the unavoidable grief, Lloyd Carr found himself reviewing Scripture and church history to determine exactly what Christians think of suicide. Gwendolyn Carr wrote a series of penetrating and healing poems on this most sensitive of subjects.

The result is a book that not only will comfort those who live on after a loved one has committed suicide, but offers solid guidance for those who worry about the eternal fate of that loved one. It also will prove a reliable and readable summary of Christian thinking about suicide-of use to pastors, counselors or students and teachers.