By Daryl K. Davis
National Film Board of Canada
This powerful film explores the tragic aftermath of a young man's suicide, and its devastating impact on his entire family. Tom was eighteen when he killed himself, leaving his mother, father, sister and brother to deal with the anguish of his death. Two years later his sister Rachel, now seventeen, describes how the event changed her life, and confesses that she had to overcome suicidal thoughts of her own in the months after her brother died. It was, she says, "the greatest pain anyone can imagine."
All the members of this seemingly close-knit family speak of their feelings of shock, loss, and guilt, but they also convey the ways they have learned to live with, not "get over," Tom's suicide. Their strength and resilience offer hope that, although we cannot always prevent such a tragedy, we can make effective choices about how to cope as a survivor.
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Order No. QA-320
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-916-9
"Suicide is never the final word for families left behind who must cope with the loss and pain. This program would be a very useful tool for group discussions and awareness programs for those struggling with the aftermath of teen suicide. Highly recommended." Video Librarian
"The strength of this short and carefully edited documentary is a strong, articulate, and unembarrassed first-person narrative that shifts between Tom's family members. The documentation accompanying the video offers suggested activities as well as a caution citing the potential for strong reactions among viewing audiences. Highly recommended for audiences that wish to understand the family bereavement process surrounding suicide, particularly the health professions, social work, and counseling." MC Journal
Awards & Conference Screenings
Bronze, Columbus International Film Festival
National Council on Family Relations Media Festival
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