Hope and Faith After Suicide

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After the suicide of a loved one many survivors feel lost and struggle with their thoughts fr the future without their loved one. Many survivors also question and reexamine their faith after dealing with a suicide. These books are focused on the spiritual side of healing after a suicide. The discuss hope and faith following a suicide.

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Reading List About Finding Hope and Faith After a Suicide


After Suicide (Christian Care Books)

Author: John H. Hewett

ISBN: 0664242960

This constructive guide offers much-needed information and clinically-tested advice for those struggling to cope in the aftermath of a suicide. Written in clear language, this book presents the facts and demonstrates how to deal with feelings of guilt, anger, bewilderment, and shame. Also included is an anniversary memorial service that enables family members to recommit themselves to life.


Standing in the Shadow: Help and Encouragement for Suicide Survivors

Author: June Cerza Kolf


Grief counselor June Cerza Kolf is repeatedly asked for specific guidance in helping suicide survivors function and heal. Their grief is unique in that the trauma of suicide leaves them in such a devastated state that the typical coping mechanisms no longer work. With deep sensitivity, Kolf leads readers through mourning to acceptance. She helps them realize the tragedy was out of their control, release their guilt and anger, and gain the power of prayer. Standing in the Shadow covers the heart of thirty-four topics, including depression, forgiveness, and the salvation of those who commit suicide. The gentle, honest writing provides answers, hope, and comfort for the bereaved.


Too Soon to Say Goodbye: Healing and Hope for Victims and Survivors of Suicide

Author: Susan Titus Osborn

Karen L. Kosman Jeenie Gordon

ISBN: 159669243X

Tragically, every 16 minutes someone in the United States chooses death by selfmurder. Particularly affecting young people, suicide was recently determined to be the third leading cause of death for those aged 10–24. Too Soon to Say Goodbye offers a renewal of courage and faith for families and friends grieving this inconceivable loss. Written by three women all uniquely affected by suicide, the book explores the aftermath from a wide range of real stories. Specially selected Scripture passages and Bible stories demonstrate God’s love and compassion in times of sorrow. Additional insights from those who have walked on the brink of suicide address difficult questions. And for those who may be considering suicide, the authors offer encouragement to choose life over death.


Finding Your Way after the Suicide of Someone You Love

Author: David B. Biebel

Suzanne L. Foster

ISBN: 0310257573

Help and Hope for an Unexpected Journey Do real Christians commit suicide? Yes, they do. And for those left behind, the journey following such a tragedy is unbearably painful. Finding Your Way after the Suicide of Someone You Love is a compassionate and practical guide that addresses the intensely personal issues of survivors of suicide (SOS). This gentle and faith-affirming resource helps survivors know what to expect, especially during the first year following a suicide. It includes personal stories of survivors and suggestions on how to move beyond survival to live life again. Designed for use by individuals, couples, and SOS groups, this book offers help for parents, siblings, friends, and extended families, as well as practical guidelines for pastors, Christian counselors, and other church leaders. Topics include: * What to do in the immediate aftermath of a suicide * Handling guilt and understanding the role of depression in suicides * Dealing with questions of faith and meaning * Creating a support system * Choosing a Christian therapist * Trusted resources and websites


The Role of Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention: A Guidebook for Faith Leaders

Author: Timothy Doty Psy.D., Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., MNM

ISBN: 0979942225

The purpose of the guidebook is to prepare leaders of faith communities to prevent, intervene and respond to the tragedy of suicide. The concept for this guidebook grew out of an increasing understanding that suicide affects a significant number of people in all walks of life and that people often turn to their faith communities in times of crisis. Knowing how to respond in the movement of a suicidal crisis can be an anxiety-provoking experience. We hope to provide a guide to help alleviate this anxiety by providing knowledge, preparation and support within the context of a community. The goals of this guidebook are: 1. To prevent suicides from occurring within the membership of faith communities. 2. To help prepare religious leaders, pastoral care providers, staff and administrative personnel to respond to suicidal crises when they arise within the community. 3. To assist religious leaders in promoting healing after a suicide occurs within the community. "This guidebook is rich in practical resources for faith leaders and others who wish to be a supportive presence for suicide prevention and for grieving families and communities after a completed suicide. If you want your faith community to be active in creating an atmosphere in which at-risk people experience alternatives to suicide, try some of the ideas in this book." - Maureen McCormack, SL, Ph.D., Sister of Loretto and Interfaith Leader


Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief

Author: Martha Whitmore Hickman

ISBN: 0380773384

For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort.


Take the Dimness of My Soul Away: Healing After a Loved One's Suicide

Author: William A. Ritter

ISBN: 081922104X

In 1994 William Ritter's adult son committed suicide, sending Ritter and his family on a journey no family wants to take. Part of Ritter's own process of healing the loss of his son was to preach about it occasionally from the pulpit. This book is a collection of the sermons he preached, the first one just three weeks after his son's death, and the final one nine years later. Through them, we get a glimpse of a father and a family struggling honestly with their pain and gradually-over the years-coming to grips with their loss. Take the Dimness of My Soul Away will be a welcome companion to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide, as well as to pastors and counselors who work with those who are grieving. Ritter offers no easy solutions, no rosy pictures, and no silver linings, but speaks honestly instead about the difficult emotions and confusion of this kind of loss, and ultimately, about a sense of hopefulness for the survivors of suicide.


A Long Shadowed Grief

Author: Harold Ivan Smith

ISBN: 1561012815

In the aftermath of suicide, friends and family face a long road of grief and reflection. With a sympathetic eye and a firm hand, Harold Ivan Smith searches for the place of the spirit in the wake of suicide. He asks how one may live a spiritual life as a survivor, and he addresses the way faith is permanently altered by “the residue of stigma” that attaches to suicide.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Author: Harold S. Kushner

ISBN: 1400034728

When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease and that he would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life’s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.

Since its original publication in 1981, When Bad Things Happen to Good People has brought solace and hope to millions of readers and its author has become a nationally known spiritual leader.


Grieving God's Way: The Path to Lasting Hope and Healing

Author: Margaret Brownley

ISBN: 0849947227

The loss of a loved one is devastating, and the grief that follows is often crippling. While modern Western culture has adopted an aren't-you-over-it-yet? attitude toward death and the grief it brings, the grieving process can take years.

Weeks and months go by with no visible improvement. We might even wonder if God has forsaken us. Then one day it happens: We laugh. We feel connnected, restless, maybe even hopeful. We're no longer consumed by our loss, and our thoughts turn outward. These are the first signs of healing.

Though the tendency in our fast-paced society is to suppress our grief or ignore it all together, Grieving God's Way inspires a different course of action. In this 90-day devotional Margaret Brownley provides the framework for a methodical grieving process that follows God's plan.

Grieving God's way requires us to trust that He will lead us through the darkness, heal our pain, take away our weariness, and fill our hearts with hope, peace, and new purpose. From defining what grief is to validating its importance, Brownley gives us the components necessary to find God within our sorrow and grieve with Him.

Divided into four sections, Grieving God's Way offers insight into healing our grieving body, soul, heart, and spirit. Infused with scriptures and inspirational haiku by Diantha Ain, this book motivates us to shift our grieving from man's way to God's way. . . slow and often invisible but with truly amazing results.

So how long does it take to grieve? As long as it takes God to heal.

Will I Ever Feel Happy Again?: These Survivors of Suicide Say Yes!

Author: Karen Eden Herdman

ISBN: 144016343X

This is the journey of five individuals who have survived the loss of a loved one by suicide....some are survivors by decades. In this book, these survivors will talk about going through this life-changing ordeal and the effects it had on them personally. They will also give details of what go them through it, when it seems they felt a sense of happiness again, and at what point their lives took on a sense of "normalcy" once more.


You Will Breathe Again, Grieving Suicide Through Poetry

Author: Holly Moore


This is a book of poetry expressing my own experiences with the 5 phases of grief after my son committed suicide. I hope it provides, hope, compassion, and inspiration during your time of sorrow. For more about my journey dealing with Joshua's death, please visit my website at Suicide-Survivors.com - Holly P. Moore