HELPFUL BOOK SUGGESTIONS:

Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide, by Christopher Lucas and Henry M. Seiden, Ph.D.

A survivor and a psychologist offer support and advice for getting past the grief—and moving on. This book also deals with the multitude of reasons people don’t talk about suicide.  


After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief, 2nd Edition, by Bob Baugher, Ph.D. and Jack Jordan, Ph.D.

The is the second edition of this highly popular book has been expanded from 67 to 156 pages, which includes a chapter on helping children cope with a suicide loss.  


Rocky Roads:  The Journeys of Families Through Suicide Grief, 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, Michelle Linn-Gust, also 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. 


Healing the Hurt Spirit:  Daily Affirmations For People Who Have Lost A Loved One to Suicide, by Catherine Greenleaf

This easy to read book speaks to survivors about the crucial stages of recovery from suicide loss, offering hope and peace of mind. 


Healing after the Suicide of a Loved One, by Ann Smolin CSW and John Guinan, Ph.D.
A very informative book that provides suicide survivors with insights into the emotional responses they may be experiencing. The authors are direct and honest as they offer support, hope and permission to go on with life. 


After Suicide, by John H. Hewett
This constructive guide offers much-needed information and clinically-tested advice for those struggling to cope in the aftermath of a suicide. Written in clear language, this book presents the facts and demonstrates how to deal with feelings of guilt, anger, bewilderment, and shame. Also included is an anniversary memorial service that enables family members to recommit themselves to life.


Dying to be Free, A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide, by Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch
With extraordinary courage and compassion, the authors break through dangerous silence, complicated emotions and brutal stigma to offer this gentle, healing guide for family members who have lost a loved one to suicide.


A Long-Shadowed Grief: Suicide and Its Aftermath, by Harold Ivan Smith
The author guides us on a spiritual exploration of suicide, probing shadows, secrets and silences, and brings us into a helpful light.


Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing after Loss, by Michael F. Myers and Carla Fine
In this definitive guidebook, the authors combine their perspectives as a physician and a survivor to offer compassionate and practical advice to anyone affected by suicide.


Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide-Or Even Starts Talking About It, by Earl A. Grollman and Max Malikow 
In this book addressed to the young survivors of this epidemic, Earl A. Grollman, the internationally known lecturer, writer, and grief counselor, and Max Malikow, a psychotherapist and pastoral counselor, offer solace and guidance to adolescents who are confronted with someone of their own age who is contemplating or has committed suicide.


When A Man Faces Grief/A Man You Know is Grieving​, by James E. Miller and Thomas R. Golden
James E. Miller is a clergyman, grief counselor, writer and photographer. Thomas Golden is a practicing psychologist and writer. This is two books in one: one half is for men who are grieving, with 12 helpful suggestions, each a chapter by itself. The other half is for those who want to understand and help men who are grieving, also in 12 short, helpful chapters.


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LOSS OF A SIBLING:

Surviving Bill, by Mike Reynolds
As a survivor of his brother’s suicide, the author knows the pain and confusion attached to loss and the immeasurable ways it changed his life.  Going beyond the typical narratives on the five stages of grief, on religion or on counseling, this book shares those “ordinary” moments in his life that moved his healing forward, be they relationships, synchronistic moments or even his love of surfing.


Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling, by Michelle Linn-Gust, M.S.
Regardless of age, sibling suicide survivors, the forgotten mourners, will find identity, comfort and encouragement in this poignant recount of the author’s grief journey following her sister’s suicide. 


Surviving the Death of A Sibling, by T. J. Wray

Based on the author's own experiences, as well as those of many others, this book helps adults who have lost a brother or sister to realize that they are not alone in their struggle.  Just as important, it teaches them to understand the unique stages of their grieving process, offering practical and prescriptive advice for dealing with each stage.


Sibling Suicide: Journey from Despair to Hope, by Nathan S. Wager, MA LPC

After the loss of his only brother to suicide, author Nate Wagner struggled to find hope, reimagine his life, and achieve a new normal. As he slowly found a path through sorrow and discovered constructive ways to deal with his grief, he also discovered two new vocations: first counselor and then writer. Drawing on his clinical training and work and his own life experience, Nate shares his story with readers, offering practical suggestions and honest reflections to invite the reader into his journey from despair to hope. Written for those who have experienced sibling suicide, for those who want to support them, and for anyone seeking to understand, this memoir offers hope.  


Healing the Adult Sibling's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Brother or Sister Dies, by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D

Compassionate and heartfelt, this collection offers 100 practical ideas to help understand and accept the passing of a sibling in order to practice self-healing.  The principles of grief and mourning are clearly defined, accompanied by action-oriented tips for embracing bereavement. Whether a sibling has died as a young or older adult or the death was sudden or anticipated, this resource provides a healthy approach to dealing with the aftermath. 

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LOSS OF A CHILD:

Finding Peace Without All The Pieces, After a Loved One's Suicide, by LaRita Archibald A very informative book that provides suicide survivors with insights into the emotional responses they may be experiencing. The author shares her personal experience of the suicide death of her son and the insights gained by helping families for over three decades.  


My Son, My Son: A Guide to Healing After A Suicide in the Family, by Iris Bolton with Mitchell C. Bolton,  A therapist shares the story of the suicide of her son, a compelling, powerful and informative book about suicide, grief, survival and hope that will profoundly touch the heart and provide new insights for everyone. 


Everything to Live For, by Susan White-Bowden
The author lost her son and husband to suicide. It is a deeply honest, courageous account of what happened and of the painful lessons that came too late to help her son, but that can surely help others. A moving and compelling book.


Stronger Than Death, When Suicide Touches Your Life, by Sue Chance, M.D.
A psychiatrist shares the life and suicide death of her only child and her personal struggle to cope with this tragic event.


Prayers for Bobby - A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son, by Leroy Aarons 
Unable to reconcile his gay sexual orientation with his family’s religious and moral beliefs, Bobby leaped to his death from a freeway bridge in 1983.  Nominated for a 1996 Lambda Literary Award, this is the story of the emotional journey that led Bobby to this tragic conclusion. But it is also the story of Bobby's mother, a fearful churchgoer who first prayed that her son would be "healed," then anguished over his suicide, and ultimately transformed herself into a national crusader for gay and lesbian youth.


Ben's Story: The Symptoms of Depression, ADHD and Anxiety Disorder that Caused His Suicide, by Trudy Carlson
A mother shares the profoundly moving story of her son’s life that illustrates the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorder that led to his suicide death at age 14. The book also includes 17 pages of valuable information useful for recognizing and treating at-risk individuals.


When Suicide Comes Home - A Father's Diary and Comments, by Paul Cox
Paul Cox, a truck driver by trade, wrote his first book at night sitting in the cab of his truck, devastated by the suicide death of his son in 1998. This is a man’s book, emotional and candid, full of plain talk and an indomitable spirit.


Sanity & Grace - A Journel of Suicide, Survival and Strength, by Judy Collins
The author, singer Judy Collins, wrote this book to shed more light upon the dark taboo of suicide. The suicide of her son was devastating beyond words, yet she managed to put everything she knew or read or heard or thought about suicide into words, for her own healing as well as that of others.


A Mother's Story, by Gloria Vanderbilt
Gloria Vanderbilt’s son died by suicide at the age of 22. Her book tells the story of his life and death, and the story of her life and struggle to live on after that death.

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LOSS OF A PARENT:

Voices of Strength: Sons and Daughters of Suicide Speak Out, by Judy Zionts Fox, RN, LSW and Mia Roldan
The process for this book mirrors the message that the authors’ book gives: that even when you’re faced with a difficult task, one that you don’t think you’re experienced enough or emotionally equipped to handle, you can achieve so much fulfillment from your efforts. Asking
for and receiving help from others will all lead you to where you eventually want to be.


In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide, by Nancy Rappaport
In 1963, Nancy Rappaport’s mother died by suicide after a bitter public divorce and custody battle. Nancy was just 4 years old and the youngest of 6 children. Growing up in a blended family of 11 children after her father remarried, Nancy was bewildered about why her mother took her own life and left her behind. Years later, encouraged by her own children’s curiosity about their grandmother and fortified by her training as a child psychiatrist, Nancy began to investigate her mother’s life and the mysteries surrounding her death.


After A Suicide, Young People Speak Up, by Susan Kuklin
A variety of stories, offering great insight into young people’s experiences and reactions to suicide.


Crossing 13: Memoir of a Father's Suicide, by Carrie Stark Hugus
This story is a captivating coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl whose life is instantly altered upon finding her father dead from suicide.   As she rides the emotional waves of, shock, guilt, confusion, shame, and the obsession with WHY, she begins to embrace her new normal life. Through each struggle, you share her journey of complicated grief in the aftermath of a sudden loss. This story will give you insight to what it takes for teenagers to survive the self-inflicted death of a parent and the compassion to understand and support them.


Dead Reckoning: A Therapist Confronts His Own Grief, by David C. Treadway
A mother’s suicide and how it affected her husband and four children, including the author. Through his own therapy, he comes to understand her depression and how it affected the rest of his family. This openhearted book is an inspiration for all who struggle with unresolved grief.

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LOSS OF A SPOUSE:

No Time to Say Goodby, Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, by Carla Fine
The author shares her own journey of grief following the suicide death of her physician husband. She also integrates the voices of others who have endured the desolation of a loved one’s suicide.


Our Forever Angel, by Barb Scholz
Barb shares the experience of her husband’s suicide death, what worked and did not work for her to be able to survive. The techniques she used to help her children cope with their loss are extremely valuable.


She Never Said Good-Bye, One Man's Journey Through Loss, by Robert Dykstra
This book reflects the range of emotions, questions and wrestlings the author, a minister, experienced following his wife’s sudden suicide. While its central focus is grief and loss, it also explores husband/wife relationships, loving and being loved and God’s infinite mercy and pervasive grace.


Dawning of a New Day, A Journey Out of Darkness, by Carolyn M. Deleon
After her disabled husband died by suicide, the author called on her Christian faith to help herself heal.


The Widow Next Door: Learning to live again as a young widow and single mom after losing my husband to suicide by Heather Cruz
This is the author's journal of her life after losing the love of her life to mental illness and suicide. Heather's hope is to help others out there who may be traveling a similar path.


Things Jon Didn't Know About: Our Life After My Husband's Suicide, by Sue Henderson
Sue Henderson candidly recounts the experience of raising her family as a single parent survivor of suicide. Alongside an honest and moving account of the day-to-day practicalities and emotional impact of Jon's death, there's advice on how to talk to children about death and suicide, how to support them as they grow up, and how to be aware of the heightened emotional risks for bereaved children.  She also draws on her experience as a social worker of 25 years to provide a theoretical framework for the book in which she discusses theories of grief and bereavement, issues of men's mental health, and the heightened incidence of male suicide.

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