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.
After a suicide, loved ones painfully struggle to make sense of the unexplainable tragedy. The Gift of Second comes alongside loss survivors and helps navigate the common pitfalls for those left behind. It offers hope and encouragement to guide survivors through this desperate time.
But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping Families After a Suicide tells the story, from the perspective of a family, as they are rocked by suicide and reeling from the aftermath. The reader will see the transformation of feelings after going through death by suicide.