One of the most helpful discussions on the delicate subject of sucide was first published in the October 1987 Ensign in an article entitled "Suicide: Some Things We Know, and Some We Do Not." Now adapted into book form, this message gives help and provides hope to those who have felt the sting when a loved one or friend takes his or her own life. Elder Ballard's message is one of comfort and compassion. The reassurance that the Lord offers us indicates that even in such circumstances all is not lost. Says Elder Ballard, "As I think about the worry and agony of those whose loved one has taken his or her own life, I find deep comfort and faith in the Lord's promise and blessing to us who remain in mortality: 'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.'" (John 14:27). This book can be a great comfort to someone struggling with the tragic loss of someone dear.
This book is a must have if you have personally been impacted by suicide or work with people that might have been touched by suicide. I usually keep two or three copies of this book on hand so that I'm able to provide some comfort and assistance to those whose lives have been forever changed by suicide. Elder Ballard gives hope and comfort. He makes it very clear that we are not to judge. All is not lost.
Due to the loss of my father and following questions from friends that were not LDS, it comforted me in the fact that we cannot nor should we try to understand all things. Our perception can be so finite, where as our Heavenly Fathers love is infinite towards us all. Read it and pass it on to one in need. I was and many others are like me in their search for answers, and who better then an apostle to offer us answers.