Voices of Strength: Sons and Daughters of Suicide Speak Out
by Judy Zionts Fox and Mia Roldan

New Horizon Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-88282-333-1.
Reviewed by Carol Waid
Posted on 01/28/2009

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Life Lessons; Nonfiction: Relationships

This book is a manual, a dissection of the anatomy of a most painful, shameful, silent trauma, which affects generations—suicide. I cannot imagine a book that would be more challenging to read and, at the same time, as healing. The validation of thoughts, memories and experiences has given me the courage to speak to my own family members.

Judy Fox and Mia Roldan have studied suicides from the years before the suicide through the years beyond. Their book is written from the voices of those who have experienced it their own lives, engaging the devastation of silence—speaking out is a way to break the cycle.

As a survivor of my own suicide attempts, my parents' attempts and a family member who succeeded in the suicide, I found that Voices of Strength tells the stories that have been unsaid. The book offers suggestions for survivors, clergy, therapists, family members, friends and those that may be facing the thought that suicide is an option. Judy and Mia end the book to say, "This book is one of our ways of creating something positive from our own tragic events." Speaking out is a way to break the cycle.

I recommend this book to anyone who has been affected by suicide.

Judy Zionts Fox, RN, LSW is a registered nurse and social worker with experience in psychiatric nursing. She has a BA in Social Work from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas and an RN from Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of nursing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her mother committed suicide when Judy was seven weeks old. She is married with four daughters, has eleven grandchildren and resides in Austin, TX.

Mia Roldan is an elementary special education teacher in Austin, Texas. She is also certified in general education, ESL and is a National Board Certified Exceptional Needs Specialist Teacher. She is currently studying for a master's degree in Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. Her mother committed suicide when Mia was twelve years old. She is married, the mother of two children and resides in Austin, Texas.

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