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Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One [Paperback]

Ann Smolin
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Book Description

June 22 1993
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.

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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.

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Three weeks after his eighteen-year-old son Robbie hung himself, Bill G.'s life began to resume many of its day-to-day routines. Read the first page
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sick and Tired Dec 2 2002
By A Customer
I'm really tired of people acting like the victim had
a choice or made a desicion. If the suicide ended after a long battle with clinical depression then it is not the victim's fault. It is a disease. When people writing these books call it an intentional choice, it perpetuates the stigma of mental health and if it persists, we will forever be in the dark ages when in comes to mental health parity. I will always love my father. He was a great man and a great dad and he had an illness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Insight of a Terrible Tragedy June 10 2000
I bought this book nearly four years after my brother took his own life. I wish I'd bought this sooner. The authors did a great job conveying how many of us feel after such a tragedy. This book covers every emotional aspect of suicide survivors and includes a listing of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Centers by state and city.Chapter 3, which covers guilt, was especially helpful because it covers all the what-ifs and should-haves. It explains how that emotion can destroy your health and family, and that there was really nothing you could've done to prevent this from happening. Suicide does not stem from one particular argument or pitfall in a person's life; it is a culmination of things.Chapter 5 is about ambivalence, which covers anger as well as putting the deceased on a pedestal. Another aspect was relief. Those cases I found heartbreaking because of the problems the person put his family through before they died.Chapter 6 talks about the normal depression after the loss versus clinical depression, the latter which many suicides suffer before they die.Chapters 8 through 11 cover the different relationships between the suicide victim and the survivors. I wish they had included a chapter on the friends that were left behind because this doesn't just affect the family. The last chapter covers the siblings, most of which didn't pertain to me. But I did learn from it.The last two chapters of the book cover the pitfalls and healing. This was what I was looking for. In all, this is a good book to read. It is written well and has a straight-forward, honest approach. I read this in two days and plan to pass it on to my family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on what to expect after a suicide Oct. 21 1998
By A Customer
I read this book 10 months after my husband committed suicide and I wish I had read it sooner. After my husband's death I read several books dealing with loss and death. Those books were very good at describing grief and what to expect, however, suicide was not covered. And in no way did those books prepare me for what I was going to go through. I found myself in this book over and over again. I found out that it is NORMAL to feel guilty, to withdraw, to punish yourself, to be blamed for the suicide, to blame others for the suicide, to love and miss my husband but also feel relief that he is no longer in my life, to feel that life will never be anything but a living hell.
I have had significant insights about myself and other family members after reading this book that will help me continue to live on.
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In the wake of my husbands recent suicide, I have been filled with guilt and regret. This book has belped me to realize that it was not my fault that he chose to end his life. The most helpful for me was chapter 3. It is Guilt: "We should have...We could have...". I have visited this place many times in the month since his suicide. The book hepled me to also realize that there was nothing more I could have done to prevent this tragedy. No one but the actual victim of suicide is at fault. I recommend this book to all survivors left behind as the result of a suicide. It has helped me to put things into perspective and has given me the tools to get through my grieving process and the hope to one day live a full and happy life again.
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This book provides similar stories from other survivors of suicide, which enables the new reader to identify with the same feelings and emotions. Losing a loved one to suicide is the most gut-wrenching pain any one could ever experience, and this book addresses those feelings, emotions, and struggles that the survivors are left to face after the loss of a loved one. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Reading July 20 2001
This book was the cornerstone for the healing after my brother's suicide. If you are looking for compassion and strength during this touch and go time...it is here. I pick it up still from time to time...around anniversaries...and well...you know - continue the healing process. I think we all know it doesn't go away, but reading this book helped me get up in the mornings and look in the mirror again. I hope it helps you too.
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After my husband's suicide, other than God and my friends, the only solace I could find was in better educating myself about suicide in order to resolve my grief. This book is so wonderful and now, rather than sending flowers to someone who has lost a loved one to suicide, I send a copy of this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as some other books
Helpful but general - to simplistic. I thought No Time to Say Goodbye was much better written. Maybe because the author lived through this hell herself.
Published on May 13 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
This is a wonderful book...it was very helpful in helping me understand why someone would take their own life. It helped me understand that what I was feeling was very normal. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed with content
I read this book with anticipation since I lost my mother to suicide. Nevertheless, the book seems to be written only as a conduit to Suicide Survivor Support Groups; other grief... Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing After the Sucicide of a Loved One by Ann Smolin
I lost my son to suicide in 1998. He was 26 years old and suffered from Bipolar Disorder. He lived with this disorder from the time of it's manifestation from the age of 8 until... Read more
Published on June 16 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject...
Well written, the author speaks of those emotions we feel after the suicide of a loved one and how to deal with them.
Published on Sept. 3 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Healing After The Suicide Of a Loved One
I read this book a few weeks after my son took his life. It helped me deal with and understand the trauma all suicide survivors must deal with and continue to deal with. Read more
Published on May 22 1999 by cwest@theworks.com
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