MY SON, MY SON: A GUIDE TO HEALING AFTER A SUICIDE IN THE FAMILY (Bolton, I. With Mitchell, C., 1984, Atlanta: BoltonPress)
A mother’s and professional counselor’s personal story of her son’s suicide. It is for survivors who want assistance in their healing and for others who want to understand the survivor experience.
HOW TO SURVIVE THE LOSS OF A LOVE (Melba Colgrove, Harold H. Bloomfield and Peter McWilliams, Los Angeles, Prelude Press)
This book is written clearly, simply and is comforting and inspiring. For the newly bereaved it states simply how to take care of yourself and tells you that you will survive. It provides practical ideas for coping with a loss. The worth of this book is that it is simply done, yet packed full of ideas to help you cope.
AFTER THE DARKEST HOUR, THE SUN WILL SHINE AGAIN (Elizabeth Mehren, New York, Fireside)
This helpful and inspirational book clearly helps bereaved parents deal with the many questions and issues that come up for them. It's both a guide and a meditation that offers support and comfort. It is written in a clear and simple style with short stories dealing with difficult issues. The advice and solace found in this small book is very valuable.
A BROKEN HEART STILL BEATS: AFTER YOUR CHILD DIES (Anne McCracken and Mary Semel, Minnesota)
This anthology of poetry, fiction, and essays compiled from the literature of loss and grief is remarkable. The authors have included pieces from everyone from William Shakespeare to Dwight D. Eishenower whose works explore the shock, the grief, and the search for meaning that come with the death of a child. Each piece is clearly introduced explaining the details surrounding the person's loss.
HIS BRIGHT LIGHT (Danielle Steel, 1998, New York, Delacote Press)
At once a loving legacy and an unsparing depiction of a devastating illness, Danielle Steel's tribute to her lost son is a gift of hope, healing and understanding to us all.
BREAKING THE SILENCE (Linda Goldman, 1996, New York, Taylor & Francis)
Provides a clear, concise and informative guide to helping children with complicated grief issues and provides strategies and referral resources for child grief issues. The text is understandable and user-friendly for parents and laypersons, as well as experienced clinicians.
LIFE AND LOSS: A GUIDE TO HELP GRIEVING CHILDREN (Linda Goldman, 1994, New York, Taylor & Francis)
Provides an information guide for helping children deal with general grief and issues, as well as hands-on techniques for grief resolution. Useful for parents, as well as clinical sessions by mental health professionals.
DEAD RECKONING: A THERAPIST COMES TO TERMS WITH HIS MOTHER'S DEATH (Treadway, D.C., 1997, New York: Harper Collins)
The author/therapist reveals the many layers of pain and denial that can build up in a family around traumatic loss -- in this case, suicide of his brilliant, talented, alcoholic mother. He shows the tangled web of pain and denial that pervaded the family, and he finds the courage to face his ghosts, take off his protective layers and reconnect with his family.
IN THE WAKE OF SUICIDE: STORIES OF THE PEOPLE LEFT BEHIND (Alexander, V., 1998, San Francisco: Jossey Bass)
The stories in this book chronicle individual journeys through grief after suicide -- from the initial impace of the loss to its place in the survivor's lives years later. The intent of the book is to help survivors give voice and meaning to their loss.
MY BROTHER PETER (Berger, N., 1998, Montreal: Robert Davies Publishing)
Twenty-seven years after her brother Peter's apparent suicide in 1968, Naomi Berger set out to uncover the truth not only about how he died, but also about how he lived. This book chronicles her search for that truth, together with her efforts to purge herself of her own, powerful guilt. It also describes a sister's journey toward healing, illustrating that there's no statute of limitations on either guilt or grief, but more importantly, on one's ability to seek and eventually find peace of mind.
NO TIME TO SAY GOOD-BYE: SURVIVING THE SUICIDE OF A LOVED ONE (Fine, C., 1997, New York: Doubleday)
The survivor of her husband's suicide, the author draws on her own experience and on conversations with many other survivors -- as well as on the knowledge of counselors and mental health professionals -- to offer a strong helping hand and guidance to those left behind after a suicide. Both professionals and survivors will beneift from the self-disclosure of those who share their pain and honesty.
HEALING THE GRIEVING HEART - 100 PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR FAMILIES, FRIENDS, AND CAREGIVERS (A. Wolfelt, Ph.D., 2000, Ft. Collins, CO: Companion Press)
Compassionate, helpful, and loving ideas to help and support a grieving family member or friend.
HEALING THE GRIEVING CHILD'S HEART - 100 PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR FAMILIES, FRIENDS, AND CAREGIVERS (A. Wolfelt, Ph.D., 2000, Ft. Collins, CO: Companion Press)
Helpful to adults to understand grief and mourning in children.
HEALING YOUR GRIEVING HEART - 100 PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR KIDS (A. Wolfelt, Ph.D., 2000, Ft. Collins, CO: Companion Press)
Helpful for families with children ages 6 - 12 who have lost a loved one.
BART SPEAKS OUT: BREAKING THE SILENCE ON SUICIDE (Linda Goldman, M.S., Jonathan P.Goldman (Photographer), 1998, California: Western Psychological Services)
Bart, a white terrier, narrates his story of losing Charlie to suicide. A workbook for young children to journal their feelings about the loss of a loved one to suicide, this is an ideal book to use with a parent or counselor who can assist the child in filling in the pages.
WHAT TO DO WHEN THE POLICE LEAVE: A GUIDE TO THE FIRST DAYS OF TRAUMATIC LOSS (Bill Jenkins, 1999, Richmond, VA: WBJ Press)
This book provides much useful information to the surviving family members on how to deal with everything from the media to funeral arrangements. The chapters on grief responses give realistic examples of common reactions to losses to homicide, suicide, and tragic accidents. Recommended for survivors, mental health professionals and caregivers.
Booklist recommendations are from the American Association of Suicidology