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For Survivors of Suicide Loss

When Someone You Love Completes Suicide by Sondra Sexton-Jones. Sondra found her husband after he completed suicide. With gentle repetition, Sondra tells you what to expect, what you may feel, and that this is survivable. There will be times when you will reel with emotions so powerful that you may question your ability to survive.

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By Bob Baugher, Ph.D. & Jack Jordan, Ph.D.

2nd Edition

The first edition of this book has been praised by survivors and professionals alike. Now, it has been expanded from 75 to 150 pages. It guides the family member through reactions that often occur during the first years and beyond following suicide. Includes updated chapters on helping children cope with a suicide, suggestions for coping over the long term, 11 stories written by people whose loved one died from suicide and much more.

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by Catherine Greenleaf

Speaks to survivors about the crucial stages of recovery from suicide loss, offering hope and peace of mind. A page for every day of a full year. An excellent resource and a thoughtful gift.

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Dying to be Free-Honest, gentle advice for those who have survived an unspeakable loss, the suicide of a loved one. Transforming suffering into strength, misconceptions into understanding, and shame into dignity, Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch break through the dangerous silence and stigma surrounding suicide to bring readers this much-needed book. Includes personal stories from others who experienced this profound loss.

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Why Suicide?
Why Suicide?

(WSOO )

by Eric Marcus

Questions and Answers About Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone. is for anyone searching for answers about the subject of suicide, whether they’re wrestling with their own thoughts of suicide, dealing with a loved one who is suicidal or has attempted suicide, or is trying to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of a suicide. It’s a basic introductory book that covers just about every possible question someone might have.

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by Adina Wrobleski. Goes into detail about victimization, social stigma, guilt, anger, history and recovery. The main thing for you to remember is: You are not to blame for the death of your child. The decision for death has to belong to your child, not you.

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Suicide Survivors’ Handbook-A Guide for the Bereaved and Those Who Wish to Help Them. By Trudy Carlson. Trudy wrote this book after the death of her son, Ben, to suicide. This book answers what every parent wants to know, the question WHY. It also covers the shame and guilt, and the anger associated with losing a loved one. Not only should every suicide survivor have this book, but friends and professionals as well.

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Beloved singer-songwriter Judy Collins draws on her personal experience with her son’s suicide to guide readers through grieving the loss of a loved one who has died under tragic circumstances. Drawing on her own experience of losing her son to suicide, as well as her conversations with hundreds of people who have grieved the tragic death of a friend or family member, revered singer-songwriter Judy Collins has culled together seven powerful steps toward healing.

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by Nan Zastrow, founder of Wings, a non-profit resource center

A gentle guide for those who have a friend or family member that has experienced the death of a loved one to suicide. The information in this book speaks not only to survivors of suicide, but to anyone who grieves, about the elements of grief and the depth of sadness. If you allow a griever to teach you about the uniqueness of his or her grief, you may learn so much more about the sanctity of life.

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By Margo Requarth, M.A., M.F.T.

Helping Children Heal The premature death of a parent can be devastating for young children—with the consequences far more profound when the parent dies by suicide. Amidst the resulting grief, turmoil and confusion, the surviving parent is faced with the monumental task of tending to the emotional lives of the children left behind. While many books have been written for grieving families, very few focus on the specific needs encountered by children and teens coping with the suicide of a parent. After a Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal addresses the issues every family must face following the trauma of suicide. In this instructive and impassioned work, longtime children’s bereavement counselor and psychotherapist Margo Requarth, M.A., M.F.T., offers pathways through the despair, confusion and fear that follow.

“At the book’s heart are Requarth’s superb explanations of how to explain suicide to children and how children grieve, how grief impacts adolescents, the natural stages of grief, funeral rituals and religious and spiritual perspectives on suicide, and how to help children return to normalcy.  Highly recommended.” – Library Journal

ISBN10: 0-9777468-0-1

ISBN13: 978-0-9777468-0-4

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Artful Grief is a decade long study of loss by an art therapist, in the aftermath of her daughter’s suicide. On October 11, 2001, Sharon received a phone call in the middle of the night from the New York City Police Department telling her that her seventeen year old daughter Kristin, had “fallen” from the roof of her college dormitory. So began her journey into the labyrinth of unspeakable grief. As the first year drew to a close she found no comfort in traditional therapy, and no solace in spoken or written words. In surrender to her inner art therapist’s guidance, she began to create collages. She cut and tore images out of magazines and glued them on various size paper. The paper was a safe and sacred container, receptive to the fullness of emotion, story and paradox. Over time there was transformation and healing. Artful Grief A creative road map through violent dying and grief. A dose of “soul medicine” for survivors. A way to retrieve the pieces of a shattered life, with paper, scissors and glue. A resourceful tool for those suffering with complicated grief and/or PTSD. A place for the unspeakable to be seen and heard. A process to quiet the mind and open the heart. A visual experience of trauma images as illustrations of hope. A sample of prophetic dreams and meditations that are illuminating. A heartfelt sharing of “intimate secrets” for understanding and compassion. A surprising “grief gift” that is inspiring.

ISBN: 9781452568010

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By Eric Hipple, Former NFL Quarterback for the Detroit Lions

with Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley

President’s Book Awards Winner

Real Men Do Cry is an incredible story of tragedy and triumph. After his 15-year-old son died of suicide, Eric fell into a debilitating downward spiral. Bankrupt and jailed for drunk driving, he found the strength to seek therapy for his own depression and was able to make an amazing comeback.  With unflinching honesty, Eric shares his journey, thus opening the door for others to realize that depression is treatable. Real Men Do Cry is packed with practical resources for families living with depression and is a valuable tool for counselors and mental health professionals nationwide.  Resources include: Nine-symptom checklist for depression, Signs of depression and possible suicide risk, actions to avert depression. Eric works with the University of Michigan Depression Center as outreach coordinator, where he travels nationwide speaking to teens and adults about ways to recognize the signs of depression and risks for potential suicide. “For so long I had been subconsciously creating problems, major and minor, to distract myself from the central fact that my 15-year-old son Jeff was dead.  I somehow feel that if I can save just one life, then Jeff’s death was not in vain.”

ISBN10: 0-9816219-2-9 ISBN13:978-0-9816219-2-0

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by Kari Dyregrov, Einar Plyhn and Gudrun Dieserud‎

Those left behind in the wake of suicide are often plagued by unanswered questions and feelings of guilt. Helping them to understand why the suicide happened, how suicide survivors commonly react and cope, and where they can find support can help them move forwards on their path from grief to recovery.

Drawing on the testimonies of suicide survivors and research into suicide bereavement, this book provides those working with the bereaved with the knowledge and guidance they need. It covers common grief and crisis reactions, including those specific to children and young people, how suicide bereavement differs from other forms of bereavement, and how others have coped and been supported. It also addresses how the bereaved can move on, including advice on support networks including friends, family, professionals and other bereaved people.

This book will be invaluable to all those supporting those who have been bereaved by suicide, including counsellors, bereavement support workers, social workers, and psychologists.

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A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

When a loved one or community member dies by suicide, the entire community of survivors is powerfully affected.  Children, as part of this community, can be deeply impacted and need adult guidance.  This unique book provides parents and caregivers helpful information to better understand and communicate with children grieving with a special focus on child development and how to talk with children of various ages.

About the Authors 

Sarah S. Montgomery, LCSW-C is the Coordinator of Children and Family Programs at Chesapeake Life Center, a program service of the Hospice of the Chesapeake. She has over 20 years clinical experience providing individual, family, and group counseling in a variety of settings, including school-based, outpatient psychiatry and community-based organizations.

Susan M. Coale, LCSW-C is the Clinical Specialist in Bereavement for Chesapeake Life Center at Hospice of the Chesapeake with 30 years experience.  She provides individual and group counseling for grieving adults, children and families. She also provides clinical supervision for graduate students from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Loyola University.

Review

“Supporting Children After a Suicide Loss is a well-researched, compassionate, and comprehensive resource that’s essential for anyone who is helping to guide a child through the traumatic experience of a suicide loss. It provides the kind of thoughtful and potentially healing information that I wish had been available to the adults in my life when I was a struggling twelve-year-old trying to find my way in the aftermath of my father’s suicide in 1970.”

Eric Marcus is Senior Director for Loss and Bereavement Programs at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and author of Why Suicide? Questions and Answers About Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know.

ISBN: 9781508412991

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by Michelle Linn-Gust, Ph.D. &‎ John Peters,‎ M.Suicidology

The journey after the suicide of a loved one is winding, always changing. For the people who want to support the bereaved, or are asked to support the bereaved (professional or volunteer), it can be difficult to understand that winding road, especially because of the stigma that suicide traditionally has held with it. Michelle Linn-Gust, Ph.D., and John Peters, M.Suicidology, have both traveled their own winding roads and now look to teach others in a global perspective not yet seen. Winding Road: A Handbook for Supporting the Suicide Bereaved discusses a myriad of issues around the topic from why suicide happens to helping children cope and how culture and religion take a role in how suicide and suicide grief are viewed. Mostly though, the book offers hope that the people who are supporting the bereaved can help understand the winding road so the bereaved don't have to travel it alone

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by Carolyn C. Zahnow

Save the Teens: Preventing suicide, depression and addiction is a non-fiction book written by a mother who lost her 18 year-old son to suicide in 2005, but it is not a memoir. The author researched all the topics that made her wonder why her only child would perform such a horrendous act; such as teen depression, mood disorders, methamphetamine, addictions, and suicide. After a year of research, she realized she had enough information for a book and wanted to share it with other parents in hopes of saving their teens from a possible suicide. The book opens with the day the author's son took his life (only chapter that is all memoir but it sets the stage perfectly for the rest of the book). The book is set up differently in that the left pages contain the author's son's writing and artwork as well memoir as it pertains to the current chapter which is the research located on the right hand pages. The writings and artwork provide examples of a teen's depression.

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by Michelle Linn-Gust, Ph.D.

The grief journey following a suicide loss is not a quick and easy path. Because people are unique, as are the life experiences of individuals, the road can open up in several ways for each person. No one travels the same way. In Rocky Roads: The Journeys of Families through Suicide Grief, Michelle Linn-Gust, the author of Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling, guides the family unit with a road map to navigate suicide grief as individuals and also as part of the family unit with the ultimate goal of strengthening the family even after a devastating suicide loss.

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by Iris Bolton with Curtis Mitchell

This book was inspired by the suicide of Curtis Mitchell Bolton, 20-year-old son of the author, Iris Mitchell Bolton. Mrs. Bolton describes in detail the journey she made from the devastation of losing her son Mitch by suicide to the step by step healing that took place in her life. The book is hopeful and helpful to those who have suffered any loss from death, divorce, or separation. It gives promise of recovery and healing and learning to live with the terrible event.

Written in 1983, MY SON...MY SON... is now in its 22nd printing. This book ships to countries all over the world, from Australia and New Zealand to England and South Africa. It is being used as a teaching guide for students in colleges from California to Maine. Ministers, priests and rabbis have found the book helpful as they minister to those who have suffered any loss.

MY SON...MY SON...Will Help You If You Are:

Bereaved, Grieving or Mourning

A Friend or Acquaintance of Someone in Mourning

A Psychiatrist, Psychologist, or Mental Health Worker

A Physician, Nurse, or Hospital Employee

A Clergyman or Funeral Director

A School Counselor, Teacher or Administrator

An Attorney, Police Officer or Juvenile Justice Worker

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Death by suicide deeply affects the lives of those who are left behind by the one who has died. With so much pain and sorrow it is difficult to know how to navigate these changes. This DVD offers encouragement and support to survivors who are both grieving a loved one's death by suicide, and wondering why it happened at all. Advice from experts and family members who have walked this path combines with resources that teach friends how they can help.

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True stories about ordinary people

by International Bestselling Author Lynda Cheldelin Fell with‎ Sharon Ehlers

National Indie Excellence Awards (NIFA) Finalist

Part of the Grief Diaries series dedicated to offering comfort, company and hope in the aftermath of life's challenges and losses, Grief Diaries: Loss by Suicide is a collection of intimate and candid narrations from different writers about their journey through losing a loved one to suicide. In chapter one, each writer bravely penned the moment when their familiar lives disappeared along with their loved one's last breath. The writers were then presented with intimate questions pertaining to their loss, and their responses are compiled within the individual chapters. These narrations are unabridged, as every voice is unique. But no matter the differences, the stories contained in each Grief Diaries book is a treasured reminder that none of us walk the journey alone. Welcome to the Grief Diaries village, where grief transcends all differences and unites us in the aftermath. Welcome, bereaved friend, to company, comfort and hope.

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