Before Their Time: Adult Children's Experiences
of Parental Suicide
Mary T. Stimming, Maureen Stimming
Before Their Time is the first work to present adult children survivors'
(defined as eighteen or above at the time of the parent's death) accounts of their
loss, grief, and resolution following a parent's suicide. In one section, the book
offers the perspectives of sons and daughters on the deaths of mothers; in another,
the perspectives of sons and daughters on the deaths of fathers. In a third section,
four siblings reflect on the shared loss of their mother. Each of these survivors
faces the common difficulties associated with losing a loved one by suicide. They
also experience difficulties specific to their status as both adult and child. Topics
such as the impact of the parent's suicide on adult children's personal and professional
choices, marriages and parenting, sibling and surviving parent relationships are explored
with sensitivity and insight. Various coping skills, including humor, are described.