From the outside, Jennifer Ashton, M.D., had it all together: two loving children, an amicable family-focused relationship with her recent ex-husband, Rob, and a flourishing career as a privately practicing Ob-Gyn and as ABC’s Chief Medical Correspondent, a regular presence on Good Morning America. But after Rob’s unexpected suicide, her life as she had known it was shattered.
Suicide is at once a deeply personal trauma, and a devastating public epidemic that affects millions, between the people who die by suicide, and those who are left behind. Despite her regular national reporting on intimate health issues, Dr. Ashton’s own experience with loss felt too raw and even too frightening to speak of before the high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It was then that she realized the importance and the timeliness of sharing her story, and confronting her own stigma and vulnerability to try to help others work through their grief as survivors.In this affecting story of personal loss and of the indefinite process of recovery, Dr. Ashton utilizes community and conversation to elucidate the process of grieving and finding peace after suicide. Both a memoir and a practical guide to helping others through this tragedy,
Jennifer Ashton, M.D., is the Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News, and an ob-gyn in private practice. A known and beloved expert in medical health and specifically women’s health, she is a published author, educator, and popular television personality. She lives in New York City.