Suicide Loss

Note: if you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the national hotline number 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). The following resources are meant to help those who have suffered the loss of someone they love due to suicide or to help those close to such victims by providing them understanding for what the bereaved are experiencing.

 

Guide for Suicide Prevention from Rutgers Online

Suicide statistics can be alarming. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found that an average of 112 Americans commit suicide every day, and it is the second most prevalent cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24. The thoughts that lead someone to want to end their life can feel debilitating and hopeless, but suicide is preventable. If you notice signs of suicidal behavior in someone, you can take steps to prevent a needless death. Someone showing these behaviors can feel better if they get counseling. Click on the following link for more information: http://online.rutgers.edu/master-social-work/counseling-guide-for-suicide-prevention/

Suicide
by Sarah Tyler

Suicide is a tragedy that affects many in damaging and tragic forms. Sarah Tyler's book, Suicide provides a heartfelt account her journey back to God in the wake of her sister's suicide. At times desperately sad but ultimately uplifting, this book shows solidarity with other sufferers and the truth that our Father is forever with us in our time of need.

 

I am Not Myself: A Year Grieving Suicide
by Julie Gray

Julie Gray writes in a raw and honest method to convey her personal hurt and loss following the suicide of her brother. She unveils the dark grief that can accompany such an event and the emotional healing she progressed through. This book serves as a loving tribute to her brother lost too soon as well as a salve for the soul of the reader also suffering such a loss.

Understanding Your Suicide Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart
by Dr. Alan Wolfelt

Dr. Wolfelt has written a compassionate guide to the complicated and particularly painful journey of suicide loss. He introduces 10 touchstones which serve as benchmarks on the road to recovery and enable the reader to focus on a specific goal as they heal. Many therapists recommend this book above all others as a resource to the bereaved. Dr. Wolfelt has also produced a companion journal for this book meant to enhance the reader’s experience with the text

Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss
by Michael Myers

Touched by Suicide is a book written not only as a step-by-step guide to surviving the loss of a loved one by suicide, but also to those seeking to better understand and prevent such a tragedy. Written by Dr. Michael Myers, one of the leading clinicians in the field of suicide, is highly recommended for any suicide survivor.

 

Alliance of Hope

This site serves as a discussion board for survivors of suicide loss. When you need to discuss your grief, your experiences, or learn from the trials of others, a messaging forum can be a helpful and healing place to interact with others who share your pain.

 

Good Grief of Kansas

Good Grief of Kansas is a self-help nonprofit organization that provides local bereavement programs in Wichita, Clearwater, and Derby. They provide the service free of charge and rely on voluntary donations to continue to operate. They offer a Suicide Loss Support Group and a Survivors of Suicide program at regular interval. Call them at (316) 612-0700 for scheduling details and locations.