On July 25, 2007, Becky Kruse lost her 22-year-old son, Adam, when he committed suicide.
It is often said that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Too many families are left wondering why they did not know that their loved ones were going through a problem that they felt was so serious that they had to end their lives.
In Note to Adam: One Mother’s Struggle to Cope with Suicide, and Her Personal Journey to Find the Light, Kruse shares her story of loss and helps to raise awareness about suicide and depression and facilitate conversation about suicide and depression.
Kruse advises her readers: “Suicide can be prevented. While some suicides occur without any outward warning, most people who are suicidal do give warnings. Prevent the suicide of loved ones by learning to recognize the signs of someone at risk, taking those signs seriously and knowing how to respond to them.”
It is her intention that readers will highlight passages and open the doors of communication so that we can talk with others about the signs and symptoms of depression and suicide.
In her quest to help others through her experiences, Kruse shares every emotion that she went through, from the day that a police officer came to her home to tell her that her son was dead to the present, written in real-time.