Review of Zachary's Choice: Surviving My Child's Suicide
by Suzy LaBonte
Suzy has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Cedarville University and is the very proud mother of 10 children between the ages of 3 and 24 (five birth and five adopted from foster care). She is extremely proud of her two sons in the military -- one in the Navy and another in the Marines. Suzy stays busy juggling the weekly homeschool schedules and extra-curricular activities of two busy teenage daughters and five young ones still at home.
Suzy and Allen have been foster parents is the state of Virginia for over 12 years and have had over thirty children spend time in their home. They are passionate about providing care to abused and neglected children within their community.
After her 16 year old son, Zachary, died of suicide in 2009, Suzy wrote a book about her experience titled Zachary's Choice: Surviving My Child's Suicide. She also created a local monthly support group for survivors of suicide loss called Lanterns of Hope. Meeting with these individuals within her community who are sharing a similar journey has been extremely healing. She also keeps in close contact with others beyond her community who lost a loved one to suicide. These she counts among her dearest friends.
On a personal note, Suzy likes looking for treasures at garage sales and thrift stores, tending to her perennial flower beds, and collecting eggs from her little flock of chickens. In her spare time, besides writing, she enjoys various crafts, vacationing at the beach, and keeping in touch with her friends.