Additional Praise for Why Suicide?

It would have been such a comfort to have read this book after I lost my
husband Edgar to suicide.
— Joan Rivers

I opened this book and said, ‘Where was this when I needed it?!’
— Judy Collins

Eric Marcus has much to teach us whether or not we have experienced the trauma of suicide in our personal lives.  Educators in Pre-K through college, school administrators, guidance counselors, pediatricians, social workers, and mental health professionals will all find this book to be an invaluable resource in the practice of their profession.
— Mary P. Lefkarites, Ph.D, Associate Professor,
Hunter College of the City University of New York

A marvelous addition to suicidology collections as well as a solid choice for bibliotherapy; given the inexpensive price, it should find a place in every public library collection.
— Library Journal

Why Suicide? is one of those books that sounds too good to be true – but in fact delivers: it poses, and answers, every kind of question you wanted to know about suicide and were afraid to ask. In an arena full of heartbreak and puzzles, Why Suicide? gives valuable answers just when they’re needed.
— Christopher Lukas, author of Blue Genes and Silent Grief

Eric’s personal experience with the suicide of his father at age twelve gives this book both its passion and its authenticity.  His writing is clear, his research is extensive, the need for this book is obvious. Why Suicide? is a must read for anyone who is a student of life.
— John Shelby Spong, author of Eternal Life: A New Vision – Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell

[In this] well-researched, encyclopedic compendium… written in a crisp Q&A format, Eric Marcus has provided the ultimate distillation of what experts know about the thorny issue of suicide.
— Leroy Aarons, The Advocate


One Response to “Additional Praise for Why Suicide?

  1. Jo says:

    Dear Eric, Be still my heart. I thank you for giving suicide survivors a voice. After the suicide of my son Danny I found no one to talk to. If he died any other way I would have had support. It is so lonely a subject and yet lately there are too many that seek that cure for their depression, which is a statement of how very painful it is.

    However, in the wake of suicide the pain felt by the loved ones makes depression look like a walk in the park. This kind of grief is poles apart from the usual grief felt by those who lose a loved one any other way. I love your book, and if I found it when I need a hand to hold, I wouldn’t have had to write Why Whisper? (My own book)

    I have no idea why I googled suicide blogs today. I am glad I did. Welcome to my blog at

    Bless you always.


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