The Son I Knew Too Late: A Guide to Help You Survive and Thrive

The Son I Knew Too Late: A Guide to Help You Survive and Thrive

by LMFT Sally Raymond


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The only way this son’s life could be a tragedy was to do nothing about it.

A young college graduate guns his car into a retaining wall is instantly killed. His mother, author Sally Raymond, asks one agonizing question: Why? What brought her bright, successful son Jon to suicide? This newly licensed family therapist digs for the truth of Jon’s life—and through Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Human Development—she finds it. Together, Jon’s experience and Erikson’s lens highlight the key psychological challenge every child faces at each stage of growth. Gaining insight into what a child experiences inside themselves at each age gives parents and readers everywhere new tools for helping kids navigate the sometimes rough currents of life. Jon’s fate need not be yours—or your children’s. Understanding each stage of development from the inside out can help children and adults alike steer toward wholeness, joy, and fulfillment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578643960
Publisher: Sally a Raymond, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Publication date: 02/20/2020
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Sally Raymond, LMFT, is a mother of two sons, a suicide survivor, an inspirational speaker, and a longterm marriage and family therapist in Southern California.

Table of Contents

Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Human Development vii


Introduction 1


Stage 1. Infancy 19


Stage 2. Early Childhood 37

Little, Cheap, Red, and Plastic

Stage 3A. Young Child 67


Stage 3B. Young Child 93

When All Is Lost

Stage 4. Childhood 115

Hitting Hyperdrive

Stage 5. Adolescence 145

The Red X

Stage 6. Young Adulthood 175

Perilous Passages

Stage 7. Adulthood 197

One of the Missing

Stage 8. Elderhood 231

A Call to Action

Tell Your Stories 247

Acknowledgments 249

Survival Guide 253

Warning Signs of Suicide 255

Responding to Someone in Crisis 256

If You Get the Call: A Checklist 259

Resources 260

About the Author 283

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