‘There is hope for one more day’

The DeKalb County Public Library on Tuesday will hold a book signing with Alabama author Kym Klass.

On Jan. 15, Klass will present her book, “One More Day,” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to sign copies and discuss her story with visitors.

Klass is a resident of Prattville, Alabama, former journalist, member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness- Alabama board of directors and the Media of the Year 2017 winner for NAMI- Alabama. Her book dives into the mental anguish she experienced after her sister’s death by suicide and encourages sufferers of depression to see the hope and future in their lives.

“I wrote it for two reasons,” Klass said. “My sister died by suicide on Oct. 31, 2015. She was 29, and she had suffered from depression for about 14 to 15 years. So, I wrote the book for suicide survivors to let them know they’re not alone. Because when you’re going through something like this, that’s exactly how it feels, that no one understands you. You feel like you can’t relate to anyone.”

Klass said the other reason for writing her book is to reach out to the families mourning a passed loved one.

“Anyone who’s been through any kind of loss, my message is for them to know and understand that there are calmer days ahead of them,” she said. “Not only my sister’s suicide affected me. My mother died of breast cancer in 1988, and my brother died in a hiking accident in 1985. So we’ve been through a lot.”

Although it is not classified as a religious book, Klass said she reveals much of her own situation with depression by discussing her faith, spirituality and her journey back to her relationship with God.

“I’d like to visit some churches to talk about my faith because that’s such an important part of my life and just to say how I went from screaming at God to being able to pray to him again,” she said.

Klass’ book was released in late October 2018 and she has already begun her stops at bookstores in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and now the county library in Fort Payne.

“Something I want people to take from the book is hope,” Klass said. “Even though there might not be full-on resolution, there is hope for one more day, hope of one more day of living.”

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