But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping Families After a Suicide

But I Didn’t Say Goodbye by Barbara Rubel (USA, Griefwork Centre, 2009) is told through the eyes of Alex, an 11-year-oldboy whose father has died by suicide. This story is a glimpse into his traumatic and life changing personal experience.


The book introduces you to a bereaved family immediately after a suicide and ends a year later. It starts with the loss itself and the immediate aftermath and continues to deal with issues Alex and his family face when coping with their grief over the following year. The third edition adds an additional perspective to each chapter, ten years on. Each chapter ends with questions to help young people think and talk about the issues in that chapter and how they might relate to them.


The dialogue in each chapter will show you what honest, open communication between children and the people in their lives might look like.


Available via Amazon.