Losing a loved one to suicide is one of the most painful experiences imaginable. Living as a suicide survivor means navigating loss and grief in addition to the potential stigma around suicide, which might prevent otherwise normal forms of support from being available. There might also be intense feelings of guilt, regret, and resentment to process. However, there are others who have been in this place, and have left their stories to help us understand ways to live through this incredibly painful time.
If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.
Through fifty startling interviews with suicide survivors of all ages and backgrounds, psychologist Richard A. Heckler takes us into the very heart of despair, documenting the varied paths that lead to that crucial place where one's world seems to stretch, tear, and then break apart.
More than 20 years ago, Melinda Moore’s life was permanently altered when her husband died by suicide. That traumatic event led Moore to pursue a career in psychology with a mission to help persons affected by trauma cope with tragic events. Moore earned a PhD.