I don't know how I made it two years with no awareness of Canadian broadcaster Pamela Richardson's book about the too-short, tragic life of her son Dash, who committed suicide at age 16 in 2001. Pamela's book A Kidnapped Mind benefits the Dash Foundation which is dedicated to saving children in the future from the devastating horror that Dash endured, eventually costing his life.
I know what it feels like to lose a son - not at age 16, but at only six months, literally torn from my arms. I have told people that PAS was a very strong contributing cause of my baby's death. A parent victimized by this syndrome has a very difficult, probably impossible time being anything like a decent partner to someone else, and cannot parent other, new children effectively, the grief, horror and trauma is so great. As a member of the international support group and the local, Southern California support group, the stories are mind-numbingly similar. I imagine that Pamela's two boys with her second husband would have something to say about the price Dash's father exacted from their lives, and Pamela's second husband as well - a common-sense chap who seems to have tried to do his best to help both Pamela and Dash.
We can all recover - and a healing and loving approach is required. The So Cal support group now has a great website, with lots of resources. If you are in the Southern California area (anywhere from above Santa Barbara to San Diego) and are wondering what has happened to your life and your child, this can be a great resource and comfort for you. I do not understand why the U.S. is so far behind Canada and Australia in comprehension of these issues; probably it is tied to the legal industry and court system, which has enriched itself by untold billions over the years as a result of not acting to solve this problem.