Everything to Live For by Susan White-Bowden
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.
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 

Unable to reconcile his gay sexual orientation with his family’s religious and moral beliefs, Bobby leaped to his death from a freeway bridge in 1983.  Nominated for a 1996 Lambda Literary Award, this is the story of the emotional journey that led Bobby to this tragic conclusion. But it is also the story of Bobby's mother, a fearful churchgoer who first prayed that her son would be "healed," then anguished over his suicide, and ultimately transformed herself into a national crusader for gay and lesbian youth.

Ben's Story:  The Depression, ADHD and Anxiety Disorder that Caused His Suicide by Trudy Carlson
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
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
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.

My Son, My Son: A Guide to Healing after a Suicide in the Family, by Iris Bolton with Mitchell C. Bolton, 
A therapist shares the story of the suicide of her son, a compelling, powerful and informative book about suicide, grief, survival and hope that will profoundly touch the heart and provide new insights for everyone.

A Mother’s Story, by Gloria Vanderbilt
Gloria Vanderbilt’s son died by suicide at the age of 22. Her book tells the story of his life and death, and the story of her life and struggle to live on after that death.

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Offering Help After a Suicide Death

Friends For Survival, Inc.

P.O. Box 214463, Sacramento, CA 95821
916-392-0664    or     800-646-7322


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