Alexander divides the book into three sections, each dealing with a phase of grieving and a gradual acceptance of loss. "Suicide is the end of one person's struggle, but just the beginning for many others, the survivors of suicide," she states. She goes on to say, "Suicide takes the survivors by surprise, and it is often a violent death. There is often a denial of suicide. It is not unusual to hear that the individual died suddenly of an unknown cause."