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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
With the alarming rise in suicides, especially sadly amongst teens, Nina Bingham’s memoir about losing her beloved daughter to suicide is timely, but no doubt writing it was one of the hardest things Bingham has ever done. What courage it takes to bare a heartache like hers to readers everywhere. But Bingham wrote Once the Storm is Over for other parents who might find, or have already found themselves facing similar situations with their own children, with an eye to helping them heal, as she is trying to do. It’s not easy. Nina, a divorced mom, was very close to Moriya. She knew Moriya was prone to depression, but perhaps the alarm bells weren’t loud enough. It was easy to think the sadness haunting Moriya was more the typical teenage angst so often seen amongst teens. Moriya suffered terribly after the death of her father from ALS, but Nina never thought Moriya would take her own life just a few months before her 16th birthday. What parent wants to think their child is suicidal?
In Once the Storm is Over: From Grieving to Healing After the Suicide of My Daughter, Nina not only shares the intimate details of her own battle with depression, with the rejection she suffered from her religious mother who couldn’t accept her true identity as a lesbian, and her search for a partner, a search which may have sent Moriya the message that she wasn’t enough to fill Nina’s own need for love and acceptance. In reading this memoir, I could see, as other open-minded readers will, parallels within my own family. As healing is forever a work in progress, Nina shares what has helped her heal so far. There’s some excellent advice in this well-resourced book, advice which is delivered in an uncomplicated style and written as good memoirs should be i.e. letting characters come alive through dialogue instead on non-stop reflective narrative. Recommended reading.