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Suicide Survivors Bibliography

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Books for Adults:

My Son, My Son: A Guide to Healing After a Suicide in the Family
Iris Bolton, Curtis Mitchell
Mom’s perspective, very positive reader reviews.

Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One's Search for Comfort, Answers & Hope
by Albert Y. Hsu
InterVarsity Press; July, 2002.
This guide for suicide survivors family and friends of people who took their own lives maintains InterVarsity Press's tradition of cerebral evangelicalism: it is biblical, well reasoned, clearly presented and thoroughly researched.

Grieving the Unexpected: The Suicide of a Son
by Dr Gary Leblanc
Essence Publishing (Canada); January, 2003.
Dr. LeBlanc openly discusses his family's struggle to survive such a dreadful event, the variables that sustained them during the initial shock and the healing process that enabled them to commence their journey towards wholeness. Honest and insightful, Grieving the Unexpected will help those who minister to hurting people better understand what families and individuals experience when confronted with terrible loss, and will testify to the sustaining comfort of God's presence.

The Empty Chair
Berly Glover
Author writes about issues and experiences from the experience of the suicide of a brother and a daughter.

Healing after the Death Suicide of a Loved One
Ann Smolin and John Guinan
Special chapters for the death of parents, children, siblings and spouse. Case studies, markers in the experience of many survivors and a directory of support groups nation-wide.

But I Didn’t Say Goodbye
Barbara Rubel
For parents and professionals to assist young survivors.

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One
Carla Fine
Author experienced the death of her husband by suicide and explores the social stigma as well as the particular grief of survivors.

In the Wake of Suicide: Stories of People Left Behind
Alexander Victoria
Comforting stories of many survivors and their individual reactions to the suicide of a loved one. Depth and breadth of material.

Andrew, You Died Too Soon: A Family Experience of Grieving and Living Again
Corrine Chilstrom
Scriptural, Christian approach to grief and transformation from a tragic event, her son’s suicide at 18.

Suicide Survivors, A Guide for Those Left Behind
Suicide why: 85 Questions and Answers about Suicide
Adina Wrobleski, 1994
Helps to normalize reactions to suicide.

Suicide: Why?
by Adina Wrobleski
Suicide Why? is an excellent, very informative book on suicide. Adina Wrobleski, using her extensive knowledge and insight takes much of the mystery out of the most misunderstood subject. She explains, through the books question and answer format, what society must know in order to save lives. This book is also a good place for a suicide survivor to start when trying to find answers to the many questions he/she may have after the loss of a loved one by suicide.

Seven Choices
by Elizabeth Harper Neeld, Ph.D. - Published by Delta (1990)
Elizabeth Harper Neeld describes the steps each of us can take to find a new balance for our lives after experiencing death, divorce, illness, as well as grief, loss and change of any kind.

Silent Grief - Living in the Wake of Suicide
by Christopher Lukas & Henry M.Seiden
Published by Simon & Schuster 01 February, 1988
Lukas and Seidena television writer/producer (and suicide survivor) and a clinical psychologists how the emotional aftermath of suicide differs from that of normal bereavement not only in duration but because of the hidden implication of responsibility and higher risk of suicide for those relatives left behind.

Stronger Than Death: When Suicide Touches Your Life
by Sue Chance - Published by Avon Books (1992)
A psychiatrist shares the life and suicide death of her only child and her personal struggle to cope with this tragic event.

Suicide: A Christian Response
Timothy J. Demy (Editor), Gary P. Stewart (Contributor)
Publisher: Kregel Publications; (April 1998)
With articles by 35 notable writers and scholars, "Suicide: A Christian Response" presents the medical, ethical, legal, and personal arguments for choosing life rather than death.

Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention
by Earl Grollman - Published by Beacon Press (1988)
Offers advice on how to recognize the warning signs of potential suicide attempt, how to intervene when a suicide has been attempted, and how to comfort families and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Survivors of Suicide
by Rita Robinson - Published by Newcastle Publishing Co. (1989)
Survivors of Suicide is a helping guide for those family and friends left behind when a loved one commits suicide. This newly revised edition goes into more detail about teen suicide and the help that is available, and dispels the myths surrounding suicide.

The Bereaved Parent
by Harriet Sarnoff Schiff - Published by Penguin Books (1977)
This is the classic book for parents whose child has died - and for all those who want to help them.

The Enigma of Suicide
by George How Colt Publisher: Touchstone Books (04/01/1992)
Results from a 10 year investigation on the problem of suicide. Includes first person accounts with sections on: Adolescent Suicide; History; The Range of Self-Destructive Behavior; Prevention; The Right to Die and Survivors.

The Suicidal Mind
Edwin S. Shneidman Pub. Date: Mar 1998, Publisher: Oxford Univ Press
"The Suicidal Mind" brims with insights into the suicidal impulse and with helpful suggestions for counteraction methods. Throughout, Dr. Edwin Shneidman offers practical, explicit maneuvers to assist in treating a suicidal individual--steps that can be taken by concerned friends or family and professionals alike.

The Suicide Of My Son
by Trudy Carlson - published by Benline Press (1995)
After the suicide death of her teenage son Ben, Trudy Carlson sheds light into the little-understood symptoms of depressive illness and anxiety disorders in youngsters. She explains the biological nature of these conditions, and maps out a low-cost, effective school based program for recognizing and treating school-aged youth. The correlation between depressive illness and teen suicide is examined.

Why Suicide?
by Eric Marcus - Published by HarperCollins (1996)
A nonjudgmental guide for people whose lives have been touched by suicide. It offers practical answers to such related concerns as what to tell others, preventability, and what to do with suicidal feelings.

Words I Never Thought to Speak
by Victoria Alexander Publisher: New York : Toronto : New York : Lexington Books ; Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1991.
First person accounts of people's struggles after a loss by suicide.

Aftershock: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide
by Arrington Cox, Candy David, David Cox , Candy Arrington.
B&H Publishing Group; October, 2003.
Aftershock is a recovery book that will provide encouragement and support for survivors. Examining the complex emotions involved in grieving a suicide death, readers will come to realize they are not alone in their grief and will not be alone in their healing.

Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide
by Beverly Cobain Beverly, Jean Larch
Hazelden; February, 2006.
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. Cobain’s achingly honest account of dealing with the suicide of a loved one, along with personal stories from others who experienced this profound loss, provide powerful insight into the confusion, fear, and guilt family members experience.

Books for young people:

Someone I Love Died by Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and those WhoCare About Them.
Doreen Cammarata, MS, Michael Ives Volk
Author is a mental health professional and a survivor since childhood of parental suicide. Intended for parents to read to children.

Talking With Children About Loss
by Maria Trozzi Pulished by Beacon Press, 1990
Intended for parents to read to children.

Living when a Young Friend Commits Suicide
Earl Grollman and Max Malikow
Easy to read for youth – also includes signs of impending suicide, what to do, who to tell.

After a Suicide
The Dougy Center
An activity book to assist children. 62 pages.

After Suicide
Eileen Kuehn
Teen Talk, fast facts, questions and answers. 64 pages

When A Friend Dies: A Book For Teens About Grieving & Healing
By Marilyn Gootman Publisher: Minneapolis : Free Spirit, ©1994
If you are grieving the death of a friend, do something for yourself. Take the time to read this book. It isn't very long--there aren't a lot of words--but you may find the help you need to cope with your sadness and begin to heal



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