Trying to Remember,Forced to Forget (My Father's Suicide)

Trying to Remember,Forced to Forget (My Father's Suicide)

by Judy Raphael Kletter


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January 1948, at four, I discovered my father’s dead body hanging over the toilet. As a result-and my mother trying to convince me it was just a dream-I was institutionalized until I had to be hospitalized. Fifty-two years later, I’m finally able to write about my life as a survivor.

Author Biography: Judith Raphael Kletter was born in Providence, Rhode Island and moved to Fall River, Massachusetts with her mother when she was almost ten years old. She received her BA degree from Emerson College, in Boston, where she worked as a Public Welfare Social Worker. In 1968 she married Michael E. Kletter, a college classmate, who was working as a Production Coordinator at Screen Gems Television in Hollywood, California. They have two daughters, Elisa (26) and Jennifer (24), who they raised, in Westchester County, New York. Judy has had a long and diverse career in media research and healthcare communications, in addition to working eighteen years at Reader’s Digest as an Associate Art Editor for the International Editions. She continues to reside in Westchester County, New York with her husband Michael, a Partner at Creative 4 Media, a media communications company. She is a member of the American Association of Suicidology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738843650
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 05/16/2001
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1My Trauma and Recovery (1943-1953)
Chapter 1The Suicide (1948)19
Chapter 2Bradley Home (Institution for mentally disturbed children--1950)20
Chapter 3Hospitalization (A physical illness--1953)21
Part 2My Mother's Life
Chapter 4Her Early Years (1910-1946)25
Chapter 5Viewed Through Her Diary (1946-1950)27
Chapter 6Post 1950 (My Mother)37
Part 3My Life
Chapter 7Growing Up (1953-1966)43
Chapter 8The Privileged Years (1967-1976)53
Chapter 9An Aside71
Chapter 10A "Typical" Family Life (1977-1986)73
Chapter 11The Bittersweet Years (1987-1998)82
Chapter 12My Husband, Michael (A Profile)103
Part 4My Mother-Her Final Years (1990-1998)
Chapter 13Nursing Home Care (1990-1998)109
Chapter 14Her Stroke (March 2, 1998)117
Chapter 15Her Death (March 9, 1998)122
Chapter 16Her Funeral (March 10, 1998)124
Chapter 17Her Unveiling (December 6, 1998)127
Part 5Looking Back--Looking Ahead
Chapter 18Rediscovering My Past (1999)131
Chapter 19Different Therapists/Different Approaches (1999-2000)153
Chapter 20Reflections: Past, Present, Future (1943-2000)164

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My father committed suicide, and I have been looking for a book that would help me deal with it. Seeing the title of this book, I figured it to be pretty fitting. I figured that I would be able to really relate to it however the book is not about what the title proclaims. The majority of the book deals with Judy's mother and her mother's life, Judy's troubled pregnancies, and the school life of her daughters, the many different jobs Judy had and her responsibilities in each. Not until almost the end of the book does she really get into the subject of her father's suicide--what the book is supposed to be about. As insensitive as it may sound, I don't really care about all her other issues. The reason I picked up the book was because there are numerous books on the suicides of a mother, child, spouse, sibling, and no one seems to write about a father's suicide and how they dealt with it, which I expected to find in this book. I am very disappointed to say that Judy did not spend too much time on the issue which her book was supposed to be about.