There are many good books written by and for survivors. I often recommend these three books as a starting place. Each in its own way provides information helpful to understanding, surviving and healing from devastating loss.
Carla Fine: No Time to Say Goodbye
Fine draws on her own experience and on conversations with many other survivors --- as well as on the knowledge of counselors and mental health professionals. She offers a strong helping hand and invaluable guidance to the vast numbers of family and friends who are left behind.
Dr. Mark Goulston: PTSD for Dummies
Don't be misled by the title! Loss by suicide can be a traumatic loss. It can turn your world upside down. This is a well-written, comprehensive guide presenting the latest on effective treatments that help you understand common survivor reactions like sleeplessness, nightmares, anxiety, flashbacks and depression.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross: On Life After Death
In this collection of inspirational essays, internationally-known author Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross draws on her in-depth research of more than 20,000 people who had near-death experiences, revealing the afterlife as a return to wholeness of spirit.
In the last two decades, many articles and books have appeared to support survivors. As you go forward, you will find many other good books in our bookstore as well as most local libraries.
Ronnie Walker MS, LCPC
Founder: Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors