Letters from the Last Pope
It’s time to talk honestly about mental health.
Historically, medical treatment for mental illness has often been harmful—though well-intentioned. Unfortunately, such history is largely ignored. This dynamic, combined with the continuing stigma against speaking openly about mental illness, only worsens the problem for those suffering from it.
In Letters from the Last Pope, Phoebe Sisk shares the heartbreaking story of losing her mother to suicide, along with research on factors contributing to America’s mental health crisis. By introducing readers to post-traumatic growth and epigenetics, Sisk encourages claiming the power of personal transformation to triumph over painful pasts, while also leaning into the comforting wisdom of our ancestors to help us heal.
Her story invites readers of every generation to embrace the wounds that unite and strengthen us, claim ownership of our own painful stories, and reframe the past through the lens of love and grace. For in healing ourselves, we step into the sacred space of healing others.