Suicide Loss

Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind.

World Health Organization, 2014


Chalifour, Francis (2005). After (novel about a 15 year old boy after his father’s death by suicide)
Cammatata, Doreen (2009). Someone I Love Died By Suicide (young school aged children).
Dougy Center (2001). After a Suicide Death: An Activity Book for Grieving Kids.
Holmes, M. (2000). A Terrible Thing Happened (for young children).
Karst, Patrice (2000). The Invisible String (can be adapted to all ages)
Kwaymullina, A. & E. The Two-Hearted Numbat (2009). All ages (self-care).
Loehr, Carole Ann (2006). My Uncle Keith Died (young children, suicide loss).
Lorig, Stephanie & Frankel, Rosalie (2014). Draw It Out (art journal for school-aged kids)
Paradis, Susan (2012). EDNA (about an elephant with worries–can be adapted to all ages).
Schwiebert, Pat & DeKlyen, Chuck (2007). Tear Soup (can be adapted to all ages and different losses).
Smid, Emmi (2015). Luna’s Red Hat: An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope With Suicide

Young Adults:

Seib Heather Servaty and David C. Fajgenbaum (2015) We Get It (stories of grieving college students/young adults including a suicide loss)


Bolton, Iris (1983). My Son…My Son…: A Guide to Healing after Death, Loss, or Suicide.
Baugher, Bob & Jordan, John (2016). After Suicide Loss: Coping with your grief.
Fine, Carla (1999). No Time To Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One.
Fine, Carla & Michael Myers, MD (2006). Touched by Suicide: Hope and healing after loss.
Jordan, John and McIntosh, John (2011). Grief after Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors.
Joiner, Thomas (2011). Myths about Suicide.
Joiner, Thomas (2007). Why People Die by Suicide.
Linn-Gust, Michelle & Cerel, Julie (2011). Seeking hope: Stories of the bereaved.
Rappaport, Nancy (2011) In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide.
Rose, Sheralyn (2015). Suicide Tsunami: Living in the Aftermath

For Adults Supporting Children:

Berenberg, Anne Hatcher, Scalzitti, Vicki, & Cain, Jack (2011). 10 Steps for Parenting Your Grieving Children.
Sands, D. C. (2010). Red Chocolate Elephants.
Silverman, Phyllis & Kelly, Madelyn (2009). A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family after the Death of a Loved One.
Zucker, Robert (2009). The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child
Requarth, Margo (2006). After a Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal
Montgomery, Sarah & Coale, Susan (2015). Supporting Children after a Suicide Loss: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.
Rubel, Margo (2001), But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping Children and Families After a Suicide Loss

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, & Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
After a suicide: A toolkit for schools.                                                                                      

The Journey (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
 (one hour film of the survivors of suicide loss sharing their stories and how they coped)
Interview with Dr. Jack Jordan (author of the text: Grief After Suicide, 2011).

Interview with Thomas Joiner, Ph.D
(father died of suicide; author of Why People Die By Suicide (2006) and Myths about Suicide (2011).

Childhood Traumatic Grief Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Child Traumatic Grief Resources for Educators

Coalition to Support Grieving Students

Maine Suicide Prevention Program

Maine Teen Suicide Prevention
Violent Death Bereavement Society