Frantic Unleashed

Navigating Life After Suicide - A Survivor's Journal

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
195 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2019
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Author Biography

Missy grew up in Idaho with her younger siblings, Karen and Mike. She received a four-year basketball scholarship to attend Tulane University and she received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1987. In 1988, while studying for her Master’s Degree at Oregon State University, she met Scott McComb. They married in 1991. Missy got a job working for the Benton County Sheriff’s Office as a parole officer shortly after graduation, although life was determined to take her elsewhere.

In 1997, she began taking helicopter lessons and completed her Commercial Pilot Certification and Instructor Ratings one year later. She began working for Quantum Helicopters in 1998 where she has been the Chief Flight Instructor since 2000. She oversees the flight operations at one of the largest and busiest helicopter flight schools in the country. Missy has also been an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for over 15 years, one of only a hand full of helicopter DPE’s in the state of Arizona.

In her spare time Missy enjoys going to the gym several times a week, cooking, reading fiction novels, and traveling. She explores her world both from the skies and on earth. Her favorite destinations so far include the Galapagos Islands, Australia, and Tahiti. She loves to take cruises and has enjoyed about ten.

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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

What courage do we require to look at our broken pieces of life and want to put them together? In Frantic Unleashed: Navigating Life After Suicide — A Survivor's Journal, Missy Palrang shares her story of grief and healing; a poignant narrative that is as raw as it is sometimes disturbing. An accident, a death after prolonged illness, a natural death can be easy to deal with, but when one’s husband takes his own life one is faced with guilt, unsure about how to reconcile with the tragedy. The author of this story explores what happens to her when her husband commits suicide. Missy Palrang doesn’t know where to start, and although this is already a huge loss for her, she is paralyzed with guilt. In this memoir, she shares her story and offers insights on how to move past the pain and find healing.

The story is poignant, emotionally deep, and filled with insights that will resonate with readers who have suffered loss. At the end of each chapter, Grief Therapist Jill McMahon offers her perspective. The author writes with unusual honesty and musters great courage to allow readers to peer into her soul. It is easy to feel connected to her human frailty and develop a strong sympathy for her. But her healing is a light that guides readers to turn their negative experience into an opportunity to grow, to develop a new perspective, and to look at life with fresh eyes. Frantic Unleashed: Navigating Life After Suicide — A Survivor's Journal is candidly told, filled with insight and wisdom; a tale that explores human resilience and what it takes to rebuild a life after a devastating tragedy.

Mona Ekstrand

This book gives you the heartfelt insight through all the feelings & emotions Missy experienced in her journey of her husbands death by suicide. It truly helped me understand the heartache & anger someone experiences & helpful ways in moving forward a step at a time. Everyone’s journey looks different & experience different emotions at different times and through reading this book I was able to understand more clearly what is helpful in walking through this journey with someone and what things may hinder someone in moving forward. Sadly I have experienced two close friends deaths by suicide a few years ago and this book and the way Missy expresses her feelings was so helpful to me in dealing with my emotions & knowing how to be there for others. Missy is a woman of strength & courage & I know this book will be helpful to many going through the same journey and seeing the pain & hurt that is left behind but also the strength in moving forward & healing a day at a time.