Suggested Reading

For Survivors of Suicide

Dealing with Loss

  • After Suicide
    by John H. Hewett - published by Westminster Press, Philadelphia, PA (1980)
  • After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief.
    by Bob Baugher, Ph.D., and Jack Jordan, Ph.D., 2002.
  • Andrew, You Died Too Soon
    by Corinne Chilstrom - published by Augsburg Fortress (1993)
  • Black Suicide: The Tragic Reality of America’s Deadliest Secret.
    by  Alton R. Kirk, Ph.D., Beckham Publications Group, Inc. 2009.
  • Don't Take My Grief Away From Me
    by Doug Manning - published by In-Sight Books (1979)
  • Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven?: Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling
    by Michelle Linn-Gust
  • Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide
    by Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch
  • Forgive & Forget: Healing The Hurts We Don't Deserve
    by Lewis B. Smedes - published by Pocket Books (1984)
  • Healing After The Suicide of a Loved One
    by Ann Smolin & John Guinan - published by Simon & Schuster (1993)
  • How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies
    by Therese A. Rando - published by Lexington Books (1988)
  • How To Survive The Loss Of A Love
    by Colgrove, Bloomfield, McWilliams - published by Prelude Press (1991)
  • Living Through Personal Crisis
    by Ann Kaiser Sterns - published by Ballantine Books (1985)
  • Mourning After Suicide
    by Lois Bloom - published by The Pilgrim Press (1987)
  • Reaching Out After Suicide: What’s Helpful and What’s Not.
    by Linda H. Kilburn, M.S.W. Available from KP Associates, LLC, 2008.
  • Rocky Roads: The Journeys of Families Through Suicide Grief.
    By Michelle Linn-Gust, Ph.D, Chellehead Works, 2010.
  • Roses In December
    by Marilyn Willett Heavilin - published by Thomas Nelson (1993)
  • Seven Choices
    by Elizabeth Harper Neeld, Ph.D. - published by Delta )1990)
  • Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide. 
    by Christopher Lukas and Henry Seiden, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007.
  • Stronger Than Death: When Suicide Touches Your Life
    by Sue Chance - published by Avon Books (1992)
  • Suicide of a Child
    by Adina Wrobleski, Centering Corp., 2002.
  • Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention
    by Earl Grollman - published by Beacon Press (1988)
  • Suicide: Survivors: A Guide For Those Left Behind
    by Adina Wrobleski - published by Afterwords (1994)
  • Suicide Survivors' Handbook—Expanded Edition. 
    by Trudy Carlson, Benline Press, 2000.
  • The Bereaved Parent
    by Harriet Sarnoff Schiff - published by Penguin Books (1977)
  • The Courage To Grieve
    by Judy Tatelbaum - published by Harper & Row (1980)
  • The Grief Recovery Handbook
    by James & Friedman - published by HarperCollins (1998)
  • The Wilderness of Suicide Grief: Finding Your Way
    by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Companion Press, 2010.
  • Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss
    by Michael F. Myers, M.D., and Carla Fine, Gotham Books, 2006.
  • Transcending Loss
    by Ashely Davis Prend - published by Berkley Books 1997
  • Understanding, Coping, and Growing Through Grief
    by Collection of Authors - published by HOPE FOR BEREAVED, 1995
  • Understanding Your Grief
    by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt - published by Accelerated Development Inc. 1992
  • Unfinished Conversation: Healing From Suicide and Loss - A Guided Journey
    by Robert E. Lesoine and Marilynne Chopel, Parallax Press, 2013.
  • Why Suicide? Questions and Answers about Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know (2nd ed.).
    by Eric Marcus, HarperOne  - a division of HarperCollins, 2010. 


Survivor Stories

  • A Force Unfamiliar To Me: A Cautionary Tale 
    by Jane Butler, Hamlet Books, 1998.
  • An Empty Chair: Living in the Wake of a Sibling's Suicide
    by Sara Swan Miller
  • A Special Scar: The Experience of People Bereaved by Suicide
    by Alison Wertheimer, Routledge, 2001.
  • Before Their Time: Adult Children's Experiences of Parental Suicide
    by Mary Stimming
  • Blue Genes: A Memoir of Loss and Survival
    by Christopher Lukas, Doubleday, 2008.
  • Dead Reckoning: A Therapist Confronts His Own Grief.
    by David C. Treadway, BasicBooks, 1996
  • History of a Suicide: My Sister's Unfinished Life
    by Jill Bialosky, Atria Books, 2011
  • Hope After Suicide: One Woman's Journey from Darkness to Light 
    by Wendy Parmley, Cedarfort Publishing, 2014
  • In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide
    by Nancy Rappaport. Basic Books, 2009
  • In the Wake of Suicide: Stories of the People Left Behind
    by Victoria Alexander
  • My Son, My Son: A Guide To Healing After A Suicide In The Family
    by Iris Bolton - published by Bolton Press
  • Never Regret the Pain: Loving and Losing a Bipolar Spouse. 
    by Sel Erder Yackley, Helm Publishing, 2008
  • No Time To Say Goodbye, Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One
    by Carla Fine - published by Doubleday (1997)
  • Our Forever Angel: Surviving the Loss of a Loved One to Suicide
    by Barb Scholz
  • Remembering Garrett: One Family's Battle with a Child's Depression. 
    by United States Senator Gordon H. Smith, Caroll & Graf, 2006
  • Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength
    by Judy Collins
  • Survivors of Suicide
    by Rita Robinson - published by Newcastle Publishing Co. 1989
  • The Empty Chair: The Journey of Grief After Suicide. 
    by Beryl Glover, In Sight Books, 2000
  • The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah.
    by Josh Rivedal
  • The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War.
    by Yochi Dreazen, Crown Publishing, 2014
  • The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order.
    by Joan Wickersham, Harcourt Inc., 2008
  • The Suicide Of My Son
    by Trudy Carlson - published by Benline Press (1995)
  • Trying to Remember, Forced to Forget (My Father's Suicide)
    by Judy Raphael Kletter

Child Survivors

  • After a Parent's Suicide: Helping Children Heal. 
    by Margo Requarth, Healing Hearts Press, 2006
  • After a Suicide: A Workbook for Grieving Kids. 
    Available through The Dougy Center
  • But I Didn't Say Goodbye: For parents and professionals helping child suicide survivors
    by Barbara Rubel
  • Child Survivors of Suicide: A Guidebook for Those Who Care for Them. 
    by Rebecca Parkin and Karen Dunne-Maxim, 1995
  • Guiding Your Child Through Grief
    by Mary Ann Emswiler
  • Helping Children Cope With Grief
    by Alan Wolfelt - published by Accelerated Development, Inc. (1983)
  • My Uncle Keith Died.
    by Carol Ann Loehr, Trafford Publishing, 2006
  • Someone I Love Died By Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them.
    by Doreen Cammarata, Grief Guidance, Inc., 2000
  • Supporting Children After a Suicide Loss: A Guide For Parents and Caregivers. 
    by Sarah Montgomery, LCSW-C and Susan Coale, LCSW-C , Chesapeake Life Center, 2014
  • Understanding Suicide, Supporting Children
    Available through The Dougy Center

Adolescent/Teen Survivors

  • After.
    by Francis Chalifour, Tundra, 2005
  • After a Suicide: Young People Speak Up. 
    by Susan Kuklin, Putnam Publishing Group, 1994
  • When a Friend Dies
    by Marilyn E Gootman, Ed.D, Free Spirit Publishing, 2005

Men Survivors

  • Men & Grief: A Guide for Men Surviving the Death of a Loved One and a Resource for Caregivers and Mental Health Professionals.
    by Carol Staudacher, New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 1991
  • Men Don’t Cry...Women Do: Transcending Gender Stereotypes of Grief. Terry L. Martin & Kenneth J. Doka, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group 2000
  • Real Men Do Cry: A Quarterback’s Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss.
    by Eric Hipple, with Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley. Quality of Life Publishing Co., 2008
  • Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing.
    by Thomas R. Golden, Golden Healing Publishing, 1996
  • When a Man Faces Grief/A Man You Know is Grieving: 12 Practical Ideas to Help You Heal From Loss.
    by Thomas Golden and James Miller, Willowgreen Publishing, 1998
  • When Suicide Comes Home: A Father’s Diary and Comments.
    by Paul Cox, Bolton Press 2002


  • Cracked,  Not Broken
    by Kevin Hines, Rowmann & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. , 2013
  • From the Ashes Flies the Phoenix: Creating a Powerful Life After a Suicide. 
    by Gretta Krane, Inspiring Enterprises, 2006
  • Healing the Hurt Spirit: Daily Affirmations for People Who Have Lost a Loved One to Suicide.
    by Catherine Greenleaf, St. Dymphna Press, 2006
  • Incomplete Knowledge.
    by Jeffrey Harrison, Four Way Books, 2006
  • Passing Reflections, Volume I: Meditations on Grief, and Volume II: The Journey Through Grief.
    by Kristen Spexarth, Big Think Media, 2010

Suicide Education


  • An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness.
    by Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Alfred A. Knopf, 1995
  • Darkness Visible.
    by William Styron, Random House, 1990
  • Demystifying Psychiatry: A Resource for Patients and Families.
    by Charles Zorumski and Eugene Rubin, Oxford University Press, 2010
  • History of Suicide: Voluntary Death in Western Culture (Medicine and Culture)
    by George Minois, Lydia Cochrane (translator)
  • Lay My Burden Down: Unraveling Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans.
    by Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D., and Amy Alexander, Beacon Press, 2001
  • Myths About Suicide
    by Thomas Joiner
  • Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
    by Kay Redfield Jamison - published by Knopf (1999)
  • No One Saw My Pain: Why Teens Kill Themselves. 
    by Andrew Slaby and Lili Frank Garfinkle, W.W. Norton and Company, 1995
  • November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide. 
    by George Howe Colt, Scribner 2006
  • Suicide in Later Life: Recognizing the Warning Signs
    by Nancy J. Osgood
  • Suicide: The Forever Decision
    by Paul Quinnett, QPR Institute, 1992
  • The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. 
  • The Suicidal Mind
    by Edwin Shneidman, Oxford University Press, 1996
    by Andrew Solomon, Scribner, 2001
  • Understanding Depression: What We Know and What You Can Do About It.
    by J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002
  • Why People Die by Suicide
    by Thomas Joiner


  • A Long-Shadowed Grief: Suicide and its Aftermath.
    by Harold Ivan Smith, Cowley Publications 2006
  • A Mourner’s Kaddish: Suicide and the Rediscovery of Hope
    by James Clarke, Novalis, 2006
  • And She Was a Christian
    by Peter Preus and Karen Knutson, Northwest Publishing, 2011
  • Finding Your Way After the Suicide of Someone You Love.
    by David B. Biebel, D.Min., & Suzanne L. Foster, M.A., Zondervan, 2005
  • Preventing Suicide: A Handbook for Pastors, Chaplains, and Pastoral Counselors
    by Karen Mason, InterVarsity Press, 2014
  • Take the Dimness of My Soul Away: Healing After a Loved One's Suicide. 
    by William A. Ritter, Morehouse Publishing, 2004

For Clinicians

  • After Suicide: A Ray of Hope
    by Eleanora "Betsy" Ross - published by Lynn Publications, Iowa City, IA (1986)
  • Counseling Suicidal People
    by Paul Quinnett,  QPR Institute, 2012
  • DBT Skills Training Manual
    by Marsha M. Linehan PhD ABPP
  • Dead Reckoning: A Therapist Confronts His Own Grief
    by David C. Treadway, Ph.D. - published by Basic Books, NY (1996)
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Suicidology
    by Maurizio Pompili and Roberto Tatarelli, Hogrefe Publishing, 2011
  • Grief After Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors.
    by John R. Jordan, Ph.D. and John McIntosh, Ph.D., editors, Routledge, 2011
  • Managing Suicidal Risk
    by David A Jobes and Edwin Schneidman,  The Guilford Press, 2006
  • Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort, Answers and Hope
    by Albert Hsu, InterVarsity Press, 2002
  • Suicide and its Aftermath: Understanding and Counseling the Survivors.
    by Edward Dunne, John McIntosh, and Karen Dunne-Maxim (Eds.), W.W. Norton and Company, 1987
  • The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment: A guide for Mental Health Professionals and Substance Abuse Counselors
    by Shawn Christopher Shea, John Wiley & Sons, 2002
  • Therapeutic and Legal Issues for Therapists Who Have Survived a Client Suicide: Breaking the Silence. 
    by Kayla Miriyam Weiner, The Haworth Press, Inc., 2005


Stigma Awareness

  • Breaking the Silence
    by Mariette Hartley - published by Mass Market, NY (1991)