Despite feeling like a fairly competent woman, capable of managing complicated situations, Scott's suicide completely flattened me and spun my life into something I did not recognize. The first year following his death can best be described as frantic. I was frantic to breath, to make it through the next couple minutes, to maintain sanity, to keep up with the daily chores, to gain control, to make progress, to recognize myself, and ultimately to find peace and joy. -Missy Palrang, author of Frantic Unleashed, Navigating Life After Suicide, A Survivors Journal In Frantic Unleashed, Part I of the Frantic Series, survivor Missy Palrang describes her daily struggles following her husband's death by suicide. Her journal is filled with raw emotion and insight. She describes her struggles with learning to live again and regain joy in this new and foreign world she's been forced to enter. She shares poignant observations as well as lessons she learned along the way.At the end of each chapter, Grief Therapist Jill McMahon offers her perspective. The words she shares are a compilation of that which she's learned in her 15 years of work with survivors. She shares common reactions, feelings, and behaviors survivors encounter as they walk through the healing process. This is Missy's process, her path to healing. It's not the same path other survivors will take. It's her hope sharing her experience will ease the pain, promote the healing, and help other survivors eventually find their version of joy.
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite What courage do we require to look at our broken pieces of life and want to put them together? In Frantic Unleashed: Navigating Life After Suicide — A Survivor's Journal, Missy Palrang shares her story of grief and healing; a poignant narrative that is as raw as it is sometimes disturbing. An accident, a death after prolonged illness, a natural death can be easy to deal with, but when one’s husband takes his own life one is faced with guilt, unsure about how to reconcile with the tragedy. The author of this story explores what happens to her when her husband commits suicide. Missy Palrang doesn’t know where to start, and although this is already a huge loss for her, she is paralyzed with guilt. In this memoir, she shares her story and offers insights on how to move past the pain and find healing. The story is poignant, emotionally deep, and filled with insights that will resonate with readers who have suffered loss. At the end of each chapter, Grief Therapist Jill McMahon offers her perspective. The author writes with unusual honesty and musters great courage to allow readers to peer into her soul. It is easy to feel connected to her human frailty and develop a strong sympathy for her. But her healing is a light that guides readers to turn their negative experience into an opportunity to grow, to develop a new perspective, and to look at life with fresh eyes. Frantic Unleashed: Navigating Life After Suicide — A Survivor's Journal is candidly told, filled with insight and wisdom; a tale that explores human resilience and what it takes to rebuild a life after a devastating tragedy.