Unfinished Conversation (Paperback)
Healing from Suicide and Loss
Parallax Press, 9781937006457, 171pp.
Publication Date: August 14, 2009
Unfinished Conversations is a story of profound grief and the journey to healing that followed. Based on a journal Robert Lesoine kept during the two years following the suicide of his best friend, Unfinished Conversations will help readers through the process of reflecting on and affirming the raw immediacy of survivors' emotions. Each short chapter focuses on a different aspect of the author's experience as he transforms his anger and guilt to understanding and forgiveness. Licensed psychotherapist Marilynne Chophel brings her professional background to Robert Lesoine's deeply personal story to create an accessible path to self-directed healing based on mindful awareness and sound clinical practices. Readers work through their own grieving and healing process with end-of-chapter exercises and activities. An appendix and website, unfinishedconversation.com, provide additional resources to survivors. The tools and techniques in Unfinished Conversations will help readers release past trauma, honor their relationship with their lost loved one, and find greater perspective, meaning, and well-being in their lives.
About the Author
Robert Emile Lesoine, MA, Ed. is an educator, musician, and writer living in Santa Monica, CA, where he's been teaching music in primary schools for 35 years. He's the creator of two full-stage musicals, Body Snatchers: The Musical, and Last Night at Playland. Marilynne Chophel has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 20 years, and specializes in the treatment of trauma. A yoga and meditation teacher as well, Chophel's work with survivors incorporates mindfulness and body-mind awareness. She is the mother of two adult sons and lives in San Rafael, California.