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Suicide, Homicide, Drug Overdose, Trauma Resources

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 156 pages. It guides the family member through reactions that often occur during the first years, and beyond, following the 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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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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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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by Nan Zastrow, founder of Wings, a non-profit resource center

REVISED 2019

Living Beyond Suicide-Helping Yourself or Helping A Friend

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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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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Second Edition

by Dena Rosenbloom, PhD & Mary Beth Williams, PhD with Barbara E. Watkins

Trauma can turn a person’s world upside down– afterward, nothing may look safe or familiar. This supportive workbook helps trauma survivors find and use crucial skills for coping, self-understanding, and self-care. Even when the worst has happened, this book shows how it is possible to feel good again. Filled with comforting activities, relaxation techniques, self-evaluation questionnaires, and exercises, the workbook explains how and why trauma can throw you for a loop and what survivors can do now to cope. Chapters guide readers step-by-step toward reclaiming a basic sense of safety, self-worth, and control over their lives, as well as the capacity to trust and be close to others. Readers learn how to protect themselves from overwhelming memories and to heal from trauma-related reactions that may be disturbing their day-to-day lives. Written by experts in treating trauma and based on extensive research, the workbook can be used on its own or in conjunction with psychotherapy.

ISBN10: 1-57230-239-9 ISBN13: 978-1-57230-239-6

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by Bob Baugher, Ph. D., and Lew Cox

A 62-page book to be handed to a person whose loved one has been murdered. Covers reactions and suggestions to help families during the first few days, weeks, months, and years. Includes the personal story of the co-author as he coped with the murder of his daughter.

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A Centering Corporation Resource  —  Revised Edition (2015)

If you have been awake all night, if dreams become terrors, if you can’t eat or want to eat all the time, if you feel as if you are encased in plastic, and when your family and persons who love you try to touch  you, you feel nothing; if you wonder what life is all about and whether it’s worth living anymore; your loved ones know you can say, No One Should See What I Have Seen.   If you have experienced terrifying, horrific tragedy, been in war, are a returning solider, witnessed a murder or other violent death, found someone who has completed suicide,  have images of a loved one who died violently or experience fear and/or anger about a horrific event.  This book is for you. . . This book is for all of us.

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Seventh Edition By Janice Harris Lord

This book gives hope and practical suggestions to survivors grieving the tragic death of a loved one.  Tears will come to your eyes as you read the comments of survivors throughout the book, but many of the tears will honor their insight and courage as they travel their paths toward healing.

“No Time For Goodbyes is designed for anyone who wants the self-affirming skills of full expression for victim survivors.  This is the most significant book I have read on this tragic subject.” – Rabbi Earl Grollman, DD

“As a mother whose daughter was murdered, as a psychiatrist, and as a member of Parents of Murdered Children, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I will certainly recommend this book to others.” – Wanda Bincer

“No Time For Goodbyes is an invaluable handbook for those who grieve for someone killed.  Every counselor should read it and have copies on an office shelf for desolate survivors.” – Dr. Robert Weiss

ISBN10: 1-878321-30-7 ISBN13: 978-1-878321-30-5

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by Mary Jane Cronin

No one should have to experience the death of their own child. Mary Jane Cronin has written not just a fact-filled book about loss and grief , but one that included her personal journey to understand, accept and heal following the 1998 murder of her own son. In this country, over 75,000 children under the age of eighteen die every year. And this fear becomes a reality. November Mourning offers insight and hope as it explores the many emotions parents often feel following the loss of a child. Travel with Mary Jane through denial and anger as her own quest leads her to one day find acceptance and comfort. Learn about the stages of grief and techniques to help move through them easier. Discover what other parents have said and done to help reduce their own suffering. Recognize the physical and emotional symptoms of grief. See how people can help or hinder your healing. Research has shown it does not matter whether their child was a newborn or an adult, the natural order of life these parents have come to trust, and their very existence and purpose are forever changed. November Mourning addresses the many emotions parents may face in a world they now know holds no promises of safety or longevity.

ISBN: 9780615239781

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by Kathleen O'Hara, MA

A Grief Like No Other is the book no one wants to ever have to buy; sadly, many people continue to need it. From 9/11 to Cindy Sheehan's son – from mass tragedies like the recent London bombings to Law and Order type crimes that make the news only to be replaced by another name. As such, more people are left with the aftermath of dealing with the violent death of a loved one. It brings its own special brand of grieving since victim's families can spend years dealing with legal ramifications, guilt, and a myriad of other circumstances that don't accompany "normal" deaths. Kathleen O'Hara knows both sides of this coin. As a therapist, she has counseled hundreds of people dealing with grief. As a mother, she saw her worst fears realized when her college-aged son was brutally murdered in 1999. In the aftermath of Aaron's murder, O'Hara developed the seven-stage journey that is at the heart of A Grief Like No Other. Although this is a book for those left behind in the aftermath of violence, it offers concrete and practical steps and stages, allowing family and friends safe passage through this incredibly harrowing journey.

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By Barbara Rubel

Second Edition, Revised and Expanded!

From the Introduction: “What’s In This Book”: But I Didn’t Say Goodbye is a book seen through the eyes of Alex, an eleven-year-old boy, whose father has died by suicide. This story is a glimpse into a child s traumatic and life changing personal experience. But I Didn’t Say Goodbye introduces you to a bereaved family immediately after a suicide and ends five years later. The dialogue in each chapter will show you how you can help develop honest, open communication between children and the people in their lives. Alex s questions are the same as many other children following a suicide.

ISBN10: 1-892906-01-5 ISBN13: 978-1-892906-01-4

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by Alison Salloum, BCSW / A Centering Corporation Resource

From the inside of the book: When someone close to you dies suddenly, or when you or someone else gets hurt, like shot or stabbed, you may experience different reactions. Reactions occur because of what has happened.  There are emotional reactions, body reactions and behavioral reactions.  Emotional reactions are your feelings.  Physical reactions are when your body responds to what has happened, and behavioral reactions are how you act because of what has happened.

Recommended for ages 6-14

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By Linda Rieger, Ph.D.

A workbook for children who have experienced trauma in their lives

English Version.  Also available in Spanish.

Helping kids who have experienced, or witnessed a violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire, can be a challenging prospect for counselors, parents and concerned adults.

This comprehensive work/activity book written by a school counselor is designed to help guide each child through the process of healing. The child’s responses to the activities can help the counselor assess the depth of the problem and the progress the child is making in dealing with the issues involved. Through the use of the activities, the child will have the opportunity to express the turmoil they have been feeling as well as the resultant effects on their life. This allows for the facilitator to easily introduce positive coping strategies as well as ways for the child to implement these strategies and start to overcome the trauma they have experienced.

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By Linda Rieger, Ph.D.

A workbook for children who have experienced trauma in their lives

Spanish Edition.  Also available in English.

Helping kids who have experienced, or witnessed a violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire, can be a challenging prospect for counselors, parents and concerned adults.

This comprehensive work/activity book written by a school counselor is designed to help guide each child through the process of healing. The child’s responses to the activities can help the counselor assess the depth of the problem and the progress the child is making in dealing with the issues involved. Through the use of the activities, the child will have the opportunity to express the turmoil they have been feeling as well as the resultant effects on their life. This allows for the facilitator to easily introduce positive coping strategies as well as ways for the child to implement these strategies and start to overcome the trauma they have experienced.

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by Ann Goffe

The Power of Love … And the Possibility of Happy Endings

Daniel was a charismatic bundle of walking contradictions. Socially anxious, widely popular, he lived with the sensitivity of an angel, and the self-destructiveness of a demon. By his early teenage years, he had been diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders, ADD and alcohol dependency. By his late teens, he was a high school dropout and an opiate addict. At the same time, he was beloved and revered by his community of peers. To the world, he bore all the trappings of failure. But to his close-knit, far-flung friends he was a star and a legend; an irresistible, unforgettable, irreplaceable friend. Daniel died at age 23 from a drug overdose. For the Love of Daniel is an account of his life--a roller coaster ride of sadness and joy, heartache and solace, laughter, tears, tumult and rest. It is also a careful account of Daniel’s afterlife, and the chain of extraordinary events that moved the hearts and consciousness of those who grieved him. Most of the book is a love story, Daniel’s testament to the unalterable immense power of love, which offers even ultimate human tragedies a softer landing, the possibility of a happy ending.

ISBN13: 978-0-9888319-7-1

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Includes these books: When Someone You Love Completes Suicide, Suicide of a Child, Grief: What It Is and What You Can Do, and For Better or Worse. Also includes a book bag and caring card for you to sign.

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Includes these books: When Someone You Love Completes Suicide, Suicide of a Child, Grief: What It Is and What You Can Do, and For Better or Worse. Also includes Because We Care... book bag and a caring card, which you can sign.

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Edited by Brad Stetson

Choosing to Survive: Loved Ones of Murder Victims Tell Their Stories reveals in bracing psychological and emotional terms what murder leaves behind. The life-changing grief and staggering personal pain experienced by the loved ones of murder victims is unflinchingly portrayed in this book’s personal essays and interviews, intimate recollections which serve as a sobering and realistic counterpoint to the trivialization and commercialization of murder in American media and popular culture.

The focus throughout the book is on the survival of bereaved parents and other loved ones, and on the heroic choices these anguished people have made to live on in their lives, in the presence of unresolved grief and in some instances unresolved legal cases. Demonstrating the empowering nature of storytelling and personal narrative exposition, this is a book that will press home to the reader the colossal devastation that the murder of a loved one brings to a family. The unique world between these covers is one of searing pain, but also one of love unvanquished. Choosing to Survive conveys the precious value of life, the horror of homicide, and the power of the human spirit.

“As I read Choosing to Survive, I remembered the murder of my son Aaron–but more than that, I was reminded of the strength, faith, goodness and unity in the stories of we who have survived the evil of homicide. I am grateful for this beautiful book and highly recommend it.”

—Kathleen O’Hara, M. A., LPC, author of A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love

“Losing someone you love is difficult. What can be even more difficult is living a life without them. In Choosing to Survive: Loved Ones of Murder Victims Tell Their Stories, Brad Stetson takes the reader on a journey no one wants to remember, but no one who has experienced it can forget. Sharing stories of anger, disbelief, and searching for justice, we see these survivors show strength, determination, and a desire to honor their loved ones in ways that would surely make their loved ones proud. As a mother of a murdered son, I empathized with those seeking justice. As a recovered survivor, I have become a licensed counselor helping others experiencing loss and grief. Not just a book for those who have experienced the murder of a loved one, Choosing to Survive can help readers become aware and gain understanding of an unthinkable event.”

—Mary Jane Cronin, M. S., LMHC, author of November Mourning and Writing Through Your Grief

ISBN: 978-1-56123-269-7

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A Disaster Spiritual Care Primer by Peter Ford, MDiv, STM, BCC, CT. Around the outer edge of the front cover, and penetrating into its center, is the process and the purpose of disaster spiritual caregiving. The Primer is not intended to be inspirational, but rather is a practical workbook for evoking hope that prays to point toward healing during and after a community or mass disaster, and other spiritual crisis or trauma.

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A journal for teens who have someone they love complete suicide.

By Emilio Parga, M.A.

40 pages for teens and pre-teens, written from teens, to document their feelings, write a letter, write a poem and write about memories on their own or in a group. Includes organizations, websites, facts about suicide.

Product code is OOSO

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-212-3

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A story for child survivors and those who care for them

by Doreen Cammarata

Illustrated by Michael Ives Volk & Leela Accetta 

This book is designed for adult caregivers to read to surviving youngsters following a suicidal death. The story allows individuals an opportunity to recognize normal grieving symptoms and to identify various interventions to promote healthy ways of coping with the death of a special person. Although the language used in the book is simplistic enough to be read along with children and ultimately stimulating family discussion, it can be beneficial to all who have been tragically devastated by suicide. It is recommended for this book to be utilized in conjunction with therapy.

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by Jeanne M. Harper, MPS — A Centering Corporation Resource

Talks about feelings, depression, anger, guilt and blame, pressures and taking care of yourself and getting help.

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By Julia Cook, Illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood

After the Ant Hill School is destroyed, a little boy ant is afraid to go back to school. His mom caringly explains to him that sometimes things happen in life over which we have no control, but we have to find a way to keep living and growing.  To do that, “We breathe in and breathe out, and hold onto each other.  We shed a lot of tears, and we love one another.  We all come together as a strong team of ONE, and then we rebuild, we get things done!”

The Ant Hill Disaster thoughtfully addresses fears associated with both natural and man-caused disasters.  It models effective parenting and teaching responses.  This book can help assure children that through love, empathetic understanding, preparation, and effective communication, they can stand strong, even in the midst of uncontrollable events.

ISBN13: 978-1-937870-27-0

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by Melody Ray, illustrated by R. Lynn O

Accidental substance overdoses continue to rise across our country, leaving families at a loss as to how to tell and assist the children that are grieving. This story is an excellent tool for parents and caregivers. Includes a workbook, definitions, some facts and a note to the adult reading the story.

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Bob Baugher, Ph.D. Y Lew Cox, Victim Advocate

This book is the Spanish version of the book entitled: Coping with Traumatic Death: Homicide. This book guides the Spanish language reader through the steps following a homicide. The book begins with the first few days, then onto the next few weeks, months and years. Included in the book is the story of co-author, Lew Cox, whose daughter, Carmon was murdered and the array of grief reactions he experienced.

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by Iris Bolton

*** New Release *** (2017)

includes DVD of interviews

"My intention in writing this book is to assist people touched by suicide loss." says Iris Bolton. "I share my own journey following the suicide of our twenty-year-old son Mitch many years ago, as well as my bereavement process as a parent, counselor, and lecturer."

According to an informal survey of family members impacted by suicide, eight issues were identified to be among the most difficult. They are: Why, Guilt, Shame, Anger, Pain, Fear, Depression, and Faith. Chapters in the book and on the DVD deal with these areas and many others.

More than 25 suicide loss survivors share their poignant stories of trauma, healing, and hope related to one of the above eight issues. Their courage and resilience are deeply touching.

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by Yochi Dreazen

The unforgettable story of a military family that lost two sons—one to suicide and one in combat—and channeled their grief into fighting the armed forces’ suicide epidemic.

Major General Mark Graham was a decorated two-star officer whose integrity and patriotism inspired his sons, Jeff and Kevin, to pursue military careers of their own. His wife Carol was a teacher who held the family together while Mark's career took them to bases around the world. When Kevin and Jeff die within nine months of each other—Kevin commits suicide and Jeff is killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq—Mark and Carol are astonished by the drastically different responses their sons’ deaths receive from the Army. While Jeff is lauded as a hero, Kevin’s death is met with silence, evidence of the terrible stigma that surrounds suicide and mental illness in the military. Convinced that their sons died fighting different battles, Mark and Carol commit themselves to transforming the institution that is the cornerstone of their lives.

The Invisible Front is the story of how one family tries to set aside their grief and find purpose in almost unimaginable loss. The Grahams work to change how the Army treats those with PTSD and to erase the stigma that prevents suicidal troops from getting the help they need before making the darkest of choices. Their fight offers a window into the military’s institutional shortcomings and its resistance to change – failures that have allowed more than 3,000 troops to take their own lives since 2001. Yochi Dreazen, an award-winning journalist who has covered the military since 2003, has been granted remarkable access to the Graham family and tells their story in the full context of two of America’s longest wars. Dreazen places Mark and Carol’s personal journey, which begins when they fall in love in college and continues through the end of Mark's thirty-four-year career in the Army, against the backdrop of the military’s ongoing suicide spike, which shows no signs of slowing. With great sympathy and profound insight, The Invisible Front details America's problematic treatment of the troops who return from war far different than when they'd left and uses the Graham family’s work as a new way of understanding the human cost of war and its lingering effects off the battlefield.

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Nueva Sexta Edición En Español

Lidiar con la tristeza, la ira y la injusticia después de una muerte trágica

by Janice Harris Lord

This book gives hope and practical suggestions to survivors grieving the tragic death of a loved one.  Tears will come to your eyes as you read the comments of survivors throughout the book, but many of the tears will honor their insight and courage as they travel their paths toward healing.

“No Time For Goodbyes is designed for anyone who wants the self-affirming skills of full expression for victim survivors.  This is the most significant book I have read on this tragic subject.” – Rabbi Earl Grollman, DD

“As a mother whose daughter was murdered, as a psychiatrist, and as a member of Parents of Murdered Children, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I will certainly recommend this book to others.” – Wanda Bincer

“No Time For Goodbyes is an invaluable handbook for those who grieve for someone killed.  Every counselor should read it and have copies on an office shelf for desolate survivors.” – Dr. Robert Weiss

ISBN10: 1-878321-30-7 ISBN13: 978-1-878321-30-5

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Finding the Road Back to Normal

By Amy Zellmer

In February 2014 Amy Zellmer slipped on a patch of ice and fell, forcibly landing on the back of her skull. The impact briefly knocked her out, and when she started to get up, she immediately knew something was very wrong.

Amy had suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and was about to start a journey unlike anything she had ever experienced. Her life had changed in literally a blink of the eye.

This book is a collection of her short articles, most of which were originally published on The Huffington Post.

Learn about what it means to have a TBI as you read about her struggles and frustrations, like the days she can't remember how to run the microwave, or how she gets lost driving to familiar places. Understand what it's like to suffer fatigue and exhaustion after doing a simple task that most take for granted.This book is perfect for TBI survivors, their caregivers, friends and loved ones.

It is a great book for survivors to give to their supporters so that they, too, can understand what those with TBI are dealing with on a daily basis.

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A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort

by Adele Ryan McDowell, PhD

Insightful, provocative, and compassionate, Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort takes a good hard look at the world-wide phenomena of suicide. This book is designed for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide and felt that sucker punch of grief; for anyone who is in pain, walking unsteadily, and considering suicide as an option; and for anyone who works with, guides, or counsels those feeling suicidal and/or suffering the profound grief from a suicidal loss. Making Peace with Suicide includes stories of courage, vulnerability, and steadfastness from both the survivors of suicidal loss as well as the unique perspective of the formerly suicidal. It offers shared wisdom and coping strategies from those who have walked before you. It explores the factors leading to suicide and the reasons why some do and some don’t leave suicide notes. Making Peace with Suicide sheds light on the phenomena of suicide vis-à-vis our teens, the military, new mothers, as an end-of-life choice, and asks if addiction is a form of slow suicide. It provides a seven-step healing process and opens the door to consider suicide and the soul, the heart lesson of suicide, and the energies of suicide. If suicidality has impacted your life, Making Peace with Suicide is a must-read. You will be guided through the unknown territory, given insights to allow understanding, stories to help you heal, and ways to make peace with a heart wide-open. Making Peace with Suicide is good medicine for the body, mind, and soul.

"Finally. A book that explains—in the simplest of terms, in a non-sensational, non-academic manner—the phenomenal, worldwide epidemic we call suicide. If you read one book on mental illness and how it affects our world, READ THIS ONE!” –Ginny Sparrow, Editor, American Association of Suicidology

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Meeting a crucial need, this book distills the best current knowledge on child and adolescent suicide prevention into comprehensive guidelines for school-based practitioners. The author draws on extensive research and clinical experience to provide best-practice recommendations for developing schoolwide prevention programs, conducting risk assessments, and intervening at different levels of intensity with students at risk. Also presented are postvention procedures for responding effectively if a suicide does occur. Legal and ethical issues are addressed in detail. Reproducible handouts include sample assessment questions for students, teachers, and parents; the book's large-size format and lay-flat binding facilitate photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by T. Chris Riley-Tillman.

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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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A caregiver-guided activity journal for the child of suicide loss

by Erika Barber, MAT, CCLS, with illustrations by Pon Angara

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A personal campaign sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

In the aftermath of a loved one’s suicide, parents and other caregivers may feel apprehensive and ill-equipped to discuss the death with their children. Although well-intentioned, some adults may be tempted to withhold the truth of the death and explain it as an accident or another cause, other than suicide. They may mistakenly assume that a child is too young to be aware of the death or too immature to understand the implications of suicide. Some may think that discussing a loved one’s suicide may cause the child to have thoughts of suicide themselves.

Yet, research has shown that children benefit from open, truthful and age-appropriate conversations about a loved one’s suicide. With truth as their foundation, children are better able to cope with the loss of a loved one to suicide and to more fully engage in their own healing journeys.

Thanks to donors, the Illinois Chapter of AFSP is proud to offer a resource that assists with and supports these caregiver-child interactions. Conversations of Courage: a caregiver-guided activity journal for the child of suicide loss is specifically developed to support the unique needs of young suicide loss survivors.

Written by a Illinois Chapter Board member and multiple suicide loss survivor, this interactive workbook encourages and facilitates shared dialogue between an adult caregiver and a child to facilitate healthy and truthful conversations, meaning-making and emotional expression following the loss of a loved one to suicide.

Conversations of Courage consists of 81 pages of hands-on, topic-specific child-centered activity pages and associated caregiver narratives that offer adult guidance and suggestions for engagement within each section. Caregiver pages and activities which may not be relevant to a child’s grief experience may be removed from the guide so that the resulting journal is a personalized keepsake of each child’s unique grief and healing journey.

Activities are intentionally designed to empower children to ask their questions, share their understandings and gain truthful responses from a trusting adult as they navigate the complexities of integrating a loss to suicide into their lives. Child survivors are encouraged to take an active role in managing their own mental health which will ideally transfer to lifelong skills. Further and fundamentally, Conversations of Courage promotes the preservation of relationship with their loved one post suicide through active and enduring informal and formal tribute activities.

Proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Thank you for supporting the child survivors of suicide loss in your life and the AFSP.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO THE LEFT TO SEE A SAMPLE PAGE (CAREGIVER'S PAGE DAY 1)

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by Dr. LaWanda N. Evans, LPC, NCC, CSC

ARE YOU A SCHOOL COUNSELOR WHO GETS NERVOUS AT THE THOUGHT OF HAVING A SUICIDAL STUDENT IN YOUR OFFICE?* Do you feel afraid to talk about suicide with students? * Do you get nervous when you have to call a parent? * Do you second guess yourself after you have screened a student?* Do you worry about whether or not you've done enough to help a student? * Do you feel afraid to talk about suicide prevention with parents, teachers, and administrators? * Do you believe that if you bring up the word suicide, a student will attempt or complete? * Do you wish you had a screening tool, a checklist, and practical strategies and interventions? If you answered yes to these questions, this book is for you. I Have a Suicidal Student in My Office, Now What will empower, encourage and give you confidence in your ability to screen and identify students at-risk for suicidal behaviors. This book will provide you with a list of interventions that you can easily implement, a checklist to help you feel at ease, and it will provide you with self-care strategies to ensure you take care of yourself.

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From The Dougy Center. Each year, 30,000 Americans die of suicide, leaving behind families—and sometimes young children—left to cope.Understanding Suicide, Supporting Children (24 minutes) provides insight on the emotions and experiences that children, teens and families affected by a suicide death often go through, and offers ways to help. The DVD and guide are a resource for training purposes, or for general viewing by parents, therapists, counselors, and others.

For anyone who has ever doubted the capacity of children to integrate the experience of a loved one’s suicide, “Understanding Suicide: Supporting Children” offers powerful, moving, and reassuring testimony that this is exactly what they’re capable of when their experiences and feelings are addressed openly and honestly in an age-appropriate manner.  Whether you’re a clinician, parent, or a teacher faced with a child who is dealing with a loved one’s suicide, this film provides us with a compelling message of hope and healing:  supporting a child or adolescent through their healing journey will help us all stretch and grow while we play an important role in reducing the increased risk of suicide for the most vulnerable suicide loss survivors.

Christine Moutier, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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