Seeking Hope: Stories of the Suicide Bereaved

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Surviving suicide loss is often about telling the story. Each person who dies by suicide leaves behind a life shared with loved ones and a series of events that led to the suicide. Seeking Hope: Stories of the Suicide Bereaved features the stories of fourteen people in their own words of the losses that have forever changed their lives. These stories describe the endurance of travelingthrough grief. In addition, the proceeds from the book benefit a fund for suicide bereavement research at the American Association of Suicidology. The goal is that the stories shared here will help others who also must travel the same journey seeking hope after a devastating loss.

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Michelle Linn-Gust, Ph.D., is an internationally known author and speaker about suicide prevention and postvention issues as well as the importance of dog companionship, particularly after loss. She is the author of several books including Ginger s Gift: Hope and Healing Through Dog Companionship. Her first book, based on the suicide of her younger sister Denise, Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling, inspired siblings around the world in their survival after a loved one s suicide. She is the President-Elect for the American Associationof Suicidology. Michelle lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she enjoys floating around her swimming pool with her husband Joe and their fourdogs: Chaco, Nestle, Hattie, and Gidget. Julie Cerel, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist on the faculty in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, attended Kenyon College for her undergraduate degree and The Ohio State University for graduate school. She completed a clinical internship and fellowship at West Virginia University in child clinical psychology and a post-doctoral fellowship in suicide prevention at University of Rochester. She has been active in suicide prevention for over a decade with most of her work focusing on suicide bereavement and postvention. She is the author or co-author of more than twenty academic publications and her research has been funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Nation s Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA).

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Telling your story can be, for many, the best way to begin the healing process following suicide. Drs. Linn-Gust and Cerel have published a collection of survivor stories that will allow each reader the most intimate connection with the authors. Contained in these pages are stories that will serve as the installation of hope for those who are newly bereaved by suicide and validation to those who have forged their own healing from a loss to suicide. In addition, Seeking Hope will provide insight for those clinicians or caregivers who wish to be a resource for anyone bereaved by suicide. This book provides a look at how common the experience of suicide is internationally and how universal the need to heal from a death by suicide is for all of us who share this planet. --Frank R. Campbell, Ph.D., LCSW, CT

When I was 55 years old and had been a clinical psychologist for 25 years treating suicidal patients almost daily, and after I had published my first book about suicide, my father said to me, I guess you are old enough now to tell you that one of your uncles killed himself. My father was a brave man, a WWII veteran, and a community leader. Yet he could not utter the word suicide or tell me or his other sons what had happened in our family. The courageous authors of this book do what my father could not; tell us their stories of loss and triumph and, in doing so, pierce the dark with a bright beacon of hope. Read them and you will be moved. --Paul Quinnett, Ph.D., Author of Suicide: The Forever Decision

This compilation of the grief journeys of individuals whose loved one died by suicide conveys accounts of what these bereaved by suicide experienced after the death and how they survived the loss. Each person s actions involved responding to the death in a manner that assisted their own grief, but that of others with similar loss as well. These individual accounts in the aftermath of suicide give us the detailed experiences, feelings, and events that occurred in a way that group-based research findings and characterizations cannot fully capture. Each survivor tells a personal, honest, and powerful story of loss, but more importantly, one of hope, surviving, and healing. Both survivors of suicide and those who want to help survivors with their loss will benefit tremendously from the insights and accounts presented here. --John L. McIntosh, Ph.D. Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology, Indiana University South Bend, past president of the American Association of Suicidology, and co-editor of Grief After Suicide (2011, Routledge)

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