Offering Help After a Suicide Death

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Everything to Live For, by Susan White-Bowden, published by Gateway Press (1993).
  The author lost her son and husband to suicide. It is a deeply honest, courageous account of what happened and of the painful lessons that came too late to help her son, but that can surely help others. A moving and compelling book.

Stronger Than Death, When Suicide Touches Your Life, by Sue Chance, M.D., published by W.W. Norton & Co., New York, NY (1992).
  A psychiatrist shares the life and suicide death of her only child and her personal struggle to cope with this tragic event.

Prayers for Bobby—A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son, by Leroy Aarons,

published by HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY (1995).
  Unable to reconcile his gay sexual orientation with his family’s religious and moral beliefs, Bobby had leaped to his death from a freeway bridge in 1983. He left a daily diary covering the last four years of his life, and along with the companion tale of his mother, Mary, a blue-collar suburban housewife, this book was able to be written.

Ben’s Story: The Depression, ADHD, and Anxiety Disorder That Caused His Suicide, by Trudy Carlson,

published by Benline Press, 118 N 60th Ave. East, Duluth, MN 55804 (1998).
  A mother shares the profoundly moving story of her son’s life that illustrates the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorder that led to his suicide death at age 14. The book also includes 17 pages of valuable information useful for recognizing and treating at-risk individuals.

When Suicide Comes Home—A Father’s Diary and Comments, by Paul Cox, published by Bolton Press, Atlanta, GA (2002).
  Paul Cox, a truck driver by trade, wrote his first book at night sitting in the cab of his truck, devastated by the suicide death of his son in 1998. This is a man’s book, emotional and candid, full of plain talk and an indomitable spirit.

Sanity & Grace—A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength, by Judy Collins,

published by Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., New York, NY (2006).
  The author, singer Judy Collins, wrote this book to shed more light upon the dark taboo of suicide. The suicide of her son was devastating beyond words, yet she managed to put everything she knew or read or heard or thought about suicide into words, for her own healing as well as that of others.

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