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Healing After the Suicide of a Relative Paperback – 31 Dec 1998


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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc (31 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671796607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671796600
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Discusses feelings of denial, guilt, depression, and shame that come to families and friends of suicide victims, and suggests coping techniques.

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec 1998
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 May 1999
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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. I highly recommend it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Mar 1997
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I bought this book to read because of my struggle to deal with a friend'ssuicide. When I began reading it, I realized that I was not alone in the experiences I was having. It seems to be written more with the needs of the family in mind. I wish it had addressed the needs of friends better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sep 1999
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Well written, the author speaks of those emotions we feel after the suicide of a loved one and how to deal with them.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Powerful Insight of a Terrible Tragedy 10 Jun 2000
By Deborah A. Woehr - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The book is wonderfully written for those grieving. 22 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The authors of the book do an excellent job in describing the different emotions a survivor of suicide is forced to cope with. Having lost a loved one to suicide, I appreciated the authors' use of personal accounts and analyses and it helped me understand the pain, guilt, and anger I was experiencing. It also helped me to see that I will eventually heal; that even when the grieving ends, the love I have for the person won't; and that the process of healing will run its course differently for each person. It is excellently written, it reads fast, and it is a great companion to have around while one is going through this horrible time of loss. I recommend it to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide, whether it was a parent, child, spouse, friend, or lover.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book on what to expect after a suicide 21 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A MUST READ for those who have lost someone to suicide 18 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
The best book I have ever read concerning suicide! 5 Oct 1999
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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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