Too often people suffering the aftermath of a suicide suffer alone. As the survivor of a person who has ended his or her own life, you are left a painful legacy -- and not one that you chose. Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One will help you take the first steps toward healing. While each individual becomes a suicide survivor in his or her own way, there are predictable phases of pain that most survivors experience sooner or later, from the grief and depression of mourning to guilt, rage, and despair over what you have lost. You may be torturing yourself with repetitive questions such as "What if...?" "Why didn't we...?" and "Why, why, why?" Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One will steer you away from this all-too-common tendency to blame yourself and will put you on the path to healing and recovery. Remember, your wounds can heal and you can recover. Filled with case studies, excellent information, valuable advice, and a completely up-to-date reading list and directory of suicide support groups nationwide, this valuable book will give you the strength and hope to go on living.
George Howe Colt author of The Enigma of Suicide With extraordinary understanding and compassion, the authors have written a guide that will be of great help to those who must navigate the painful and often overwhelming aftermath of losing a loved one to suicide.
Christopher Lukas coauthor of Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide Smolin and Guinan are pioneers in the use of support groups to help those left behind after a suicide. This book shows why they have been able to be comforting and to help survivors heal. It has humanity and gentle wisdom.