The Son I Knew Too Late: A Guide to Help You Survive and Thrive
“There are no words to describe how this book has touched my heart… It is a practical survival guide that should be read by every parent, teacher, counselor, and anyone who wants to understand themselves or children… I wish this book was available to me earlier in my life.”
—- Marilyn B., mother and survivor
Jon’s suicide put this new psychotherapist on a mission–to find out what she had obviously missed that took her good, incredible son to suicide. By first digging for the truth of Jon’s life, she eventually generated over ninety stories that he might have ended by saying, “and then I killed myself.” Then, by sequencing these compelling stories developmentally as defined by the late Dr. Erik Erikson’s analysis, Sally could better understand her son’s internal experience as to how one after another, like dominos, they toppled him into suicide. Though Erikson’s model illuminated Jon’s spiral down to suicide, those same insights used by those alive now could illuminate exactly how to more reliably shepherd our children, one another, and ourselves on to continued growth, maturation, resilience and fulfillment.
This book can give parents and readers everywhere new, more conscious tools for helping kids navigate the sometime rough current of life. In this way, Jon’s life is not over. He remains a teacher, not a tragedy. And, Erikson’s life and insights can live on, making what was unconscious conscious in ways that benefit every child born forever. Understanding what we innocently missed at each stage of development can help children and adults alike experience greater life wholeness, joy and fulfillment.
“I wish my parents had read this book before they raised me!”
“Sally’s personal stories about her son are woven together with real world advice and psychological research. I think anyone can relate to this book both emotionally and practically. It’s also good advice for anyone trying to raise a kid.” — Shannon
“The story was gripping, astonishing and profoundly moving. And the insights were priceless: how to work with and heal children who have experienced major traumas like domestic violence, divorce, sexual abuse and bullying. Concrete ways to support kids through each stage of development. How to show children they matter and help them develop emotional resilience. And powerful, compassionate, effective ways to work with a child, friend or loved one (or yourself) who is suicidal. With the skyrocketing suicide rates, I wish this powerful, accessible book was in every home and library in the country!”
Sally’s book is available on Amazon The Son I Knew Too Late: A Guide to Help You Survive and Thrive and is also available at Barnes & Noble). You can also get a personally signed copy by ordering directly from the author.