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Suicide, Homicide, or Other Traumatic Loss (9/11 Attack)



Aarons, Leroy
Prayers for Bobby, Harper, 1995
Provides many dimensions for understanding suicide, including
Late Teens & Adults
Alvarez, A.
The Savage God, W. W. Norton & Co., 1971
Historical, literary, and philosophical dimensions of suicide.
Archibald, LaRita
Finding Peace without All the Pieces: After a Loved One’s
Suicide, Larch Pub. 2012
The book covers understanding mental illness, grief and healing from a
suicide, stigma, family survival, and more.
Adults & Families
Arrington, Candy Neely & Cox, David
Aftershock: Help, Hope and Healing in the Wake of Suicide,
Bitt Publishing Group, 2003
A recovery book that will provide encouragement and support for
survivors. Examines the complex emotions when grieving a suicide and
lets readers know they are not alone in their grief or healing.
Adults & Families
Baugher, Bob, Ph.D. & Jordan, Jack, Ph.D.
After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief, Self Published, 2012
This concise book guides family members through reactions and events
that often occur after a suicide, both the first year and beyond.
Adults and Families Obtain through
Bolton, Iris
My Son, My Son…, Bolton, 1996
A mother describes her son’s suicide and the recovery process.
A useful checklist on how to cope is included.
Bornstein, Kate
Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Teen Suicide,
Random House, 2006
Through humor and understanding, the author presents her views
and ingenuity.
Adults & Late Teens
Cammarata, Doreen
Someone I Love Died by Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and
Those Who Care for Them, Limitless Press, 2009
This book is for caring adults and child survivors of suicide.
Ages 5-9
Chilstrom, Corinne
Andrew, You Died Too Soon, Augsburg Fortress, 1993
An adopted son commits suicide, leaving his Christian family in grief.
Cobain, Beverly & Larch, Jean
Dying to be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide,
Hazelden Foundation, 2006
Clear, readable, touching and informative. Written primarily for
survivors of suicide, it would also be beneficial for people to help
suicidal friends or family recognize problems or even address their
own suicidal feelings.
Older Teens & Adults
Collins, Judy
The Seven T’s, Jeremy P. Tarcher Publishers, 2007
Uplifting and compassionate book on how to recover from the effects
of suicide and other tragedies. Truth, Trust, Therapy, Treasure, Thrive,
Treat, and Transcend are Ms. Collins road to recovery.
Adults & Professionals
Colt, George Howe
November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide, Scribner, 2006
Thorough academic book is good for study, but not as helpful for those
experiencing loss. An essential book for any library on suicide, the table
of contents and index are well organized and complete.
Crook, Marion
Out of the Darkness: Teens Talk About Suicide,
Arsenal Pulp Publ. Ltd., 2009
The author stresses talking of suicide can no longer be a taboo.
Through interviews she discusses causes including bullying, peer
pressure, and issues of difference.
Teens & Adults
Dougy Center, The
After a Suicide Death: An Activity Book for Grieving Kids,
This book gives ideas to help children deal with a suicide loss through
activities, creativity, and expression
Ages 5-12
Fields, Terri
After the Death of Anna Gonzales, Henry Holt, 2002
Poems by students and faculty giving insight into their lives after
a teen suicide.
Teens & Adults
Fine, Carla
No Time to Say Goodbye, Doubleday, 1997
A wife describes her loss and the after-effects of her husband’s suicide.
Gardner, Sandra
Teenage Suicide, Julian Messner Publisher, 1992
Covers some causes of teenage suicide and gives possible solutions.
Helps those who are grieving loss from suicide to understand.
Late Teens & Adults
Garland, Sherry
I Never Knew Your Name, Ticknor & Fields, 1996
A boy tells of the suicide of another boy whose name he did not know.
Ages 6-11
Glover, Beryl S.
The Empty Chair: The Journey of Grief After Suicide,
In-Sight Books, 2000
In 1983 the author lost her brother and daughter to suicide within three
weeks of each other. This book describes and offers guidance for each
emotion and issue felt following a suicide.
Adults & Families
Goldman, Linda
Bart Speaks Out on Suicde, WPS (California), 1998
This is an interactive storybook for children on suicide. It serves as a
memory book for their person who died and also gives words for the
way the person died.
Ages 5-10
Grollman, Earl & Malikow, M.
Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide, Beacon Press, 1999
This book covers some reasons some people die from suicide and ways
to talk about it.
Teens & Adults
Hays, Heather
Surviving Suicide: Help to Heal Your Heart,
Brown Books Publishing, 2005
A collection of letters written to dead loved ones by those who have
lost family or friends to suicide. This will not take the place of support
groups and/or real interaction in community, but it does offer simple
day-to-day ways to move through grief.
Older Teens & Adults
Heath, Pamela Rae & Klima, Jon
Suicide: What Really Happens in the Afterlife?,
North Atlantic Books, 2006
Channeled conversations with the dead.
Hewett, John H .
After Suicide, Westminster/Knopf, 1980
Christian theme. Covers bereavement, moral and ethical aspects for
people responding to suicide of a loved one.
Hsu, Albert Y.
Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort,
Answers & Hope, Intervarsity Press, 2002
The author’s father died by suicide after becoming depressed following
a stroke. He explores the many questions surrounding suicide and
addresses the topic of forgiveness.
Adults & Families
Jamison, Kay Redfield
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide, First Vintage Books, 1999
Weaving together an historical and scientific explanation of suicide
with personal essays on the subject, the author brings her remarkable
compassion and literary skills to give insight on this difficult area.
Adults & Young Adults
Jordan, John & McIntosh, John (Eds.)
Grief After Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring
for the Survivors, Routledge New York, 2010
This volume provides an up to date summary of needed information for
professionals to help families and peers after a suicide.
Lukas, Christopher & Seiden, Henry M.
Silent Grief, Jessica Kingsley Publisher, 2007
Includes information on survivors of suicide, PTSD, bipolar disorder—
good overview.
Marcus, Eric
Why Suicide, Harper Collins, 1996
Author attempts to answer many of the most frequently asked
questions about suicide.
Older Teens & Adults
McDaniel, Lurlene
When Happily Ever After Ends, Bantam Books, 1992
Book talks about a teen’s struggle after her father’s suicide.
Teens & Adults
Myers, Michael, M. D. & Fine, Carla
Touched by Suicide, Penguin, 2006
Defines problem from survivor’s perspective/experiences (Fine’s),
then Dr. Myers discusses it from a clinical reality. Compassionate
and practical advice.
Nelson, Richard E., Ph. D. & Galas, Judith C.
The Power to Prevent Suicide, Free Spirit Press, 2006
A guide for teens helping teens.
Adults and Teens
Norton, Yuri E.
Dear Uncle Dave, Shirley Baldwin Waring, 1993
This story is written by a fourth grader giving memories about her
Uncle Dave and his suicide.
Ages 6-10
Robinson, Rita
Survivors of Suicide, Nonfiction, New Page, Revised 2001
Contains details on teen suicide and help available.
Dispels myths surrounding suicide.
Adults and teens
Ross, Eleanora Betsy
After Suicide, DaCapo Press, 2002
A ray of hope for those left behind. An insightful look into a survivor’s
self-revelations with steps suggested for recovery.
Rubel, B.
But I Didn’t Say Goodbye, Griefwork Center, 2009
This book is for parents and professionals to help child suicide survivors.
Professionals & Adults
Sandefer, K.
Mom, I’m All Right, Sanders Printing, 1990
A mother whose child died by suicide gives helpful advice and warnings.
Adults & Professionals
Sands, Diana
Red Chocolate Elephants (book & DVD),
Karridale Pty, Ltd. (Australia), 2010
The book and DVD provide text, pictures, and voices helping children
with their parents’ assistance facing suicide of a loved one.
Children & Families
Slaby, Andrew, M. D. & Garfinkel, Lili F.
No One Saw My Pain, Norton, 1994
Insight into the pain that is and is not recognized before teen suicide.
Adults & Professionals
Smolin, Ann & Gurian, John
Healing after the Suicide of a Loved One, Fireside, 1993
This book is filled with case studies and a list of suggested readings
along with a directory of suicide support groups nationally.
Young adults & Adults
Sowers, Lou, Ph.D.; Quinnett, Paul, Ph.D.; & Bratcher, Kevin, MS, CEA
Helping A Child Survive A Suicide Crisis, QPR Institute, 1997
This brochure outlines steps parents/adults can take to help children
through a suicide crisis or one who is exposed to suicide.
Adults working with children Obtain through
Stickel, Leslie
Hope Defined, Self Published, 2010
Author discusses healing after her mother’s suicide, suicide awareness,
and prevention.
Adults Book may be obtained through
Stimming, Mary & Maureen
Before Their Time: Adult Children’s Experiences of Parental
Suicide, Temple University Press, 1999
Honest, first-person accounts by adult daughters and sons of the impact
of a parent’s suicide on them and their families.
Adults & Families
Wolfelt, Alan
The Understanding Your Suicide Grief Journal,
Companion Press, 2009
This book helps the grieving person examine the 10 essential steps to
find healing and hope.



Aub, Kathleen
Children Are Survivors Too, Grief Education Enterprises, 1995
This is a collection of stories by children and teenagers discussing their
journeys as homicide survivors.
Ages 6 through Teens
Baugher, Bob Ph.D.; & Cox, Lew, Victim Advocate
Coping with Traumatic Death: Homicide, Self Published, 2009
This book is for the loved ones and families of murder victims. It covers
reactions and suggestions to help families and contains the personal
story from Mr. Cox, whose daughter was murdered. Available in Spanish.
Adults and Families Obtain through
Blume, Judy
Tiger Eyes, Macmillan Children’s Group, 2005
Explains how a 15-year old resolves his feelings after his father’s murder
during a robbery.
Ages 11 and up
Bucholz, Judie A., Ph.D.
Homicide Survivors: Misunderstood Grievers,
Baywood Publishing, 2002
This book is about families who have faced murder and how they’ve
dealt with the trauma of their loss.
Adults & Families
Dougy Center, The
After a Murder: A Workbook for Grieving Children,
The Dougy Center, 2002
This interactive workbook is for children dealing with the many aspects
surrounding a murder.
Ages 8-12
Gayton, Richard R. & Williamson, Amrianne
The Forgiving Place: Choosing Peace After Violent Trauma,
WRS Publ., 1995
The author’s wife was murdered in their home during a robbery.
This book concentrates on handling the emotional legacy of intentional
Hendriks, J.; Black, D.; & Kaplan, T.
When Father Kills Mother, Routledge, 1993
The authors combine their knowledge of bereavement and PTSD
to help children who have witnessed extreme violence.
Professionals & Adults
Jenkins, B.
What to Do When the Police Leave, WPJ Press, 1999
This is a guide to the days following a traumatic loss from homicide.
Kagan, H.
Gili’s Book, Teacher’s College Press, 1998
This book tells of a mother’s grief after her daughter Gili’s
sudden death.
Lorbiecki, Marybeth
Just One Flick of the Finger, Dial Books, 1996
Story of a young boy who takes a gun to school and accidentally
shoots a friend.
Ages 6-10
Mahon, K. L.
Just One Tear, Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard, 1992
This is the actual account of a teenage boy witnessing the fatal shooting
of his father, what he deals with emotionally, the trial, and outcome.
Ages 10-15




Lord, Janice H.
No Time for Goodbyes, Compassion Press, 2006
Book provides important guides for survivors whose loved one
was killed.
Powell, Sandy
Geranium Morning, Lerner Publ., 1991
One boy’s dad dies in a car accident and a girl’s mom is dying.
They share their feelings.
Ages 6 and up
Schupp, Linda, Ph.D.
Grief: Normal, Complicated, Traumatic, PESI Health Care, 2007
This book gives scientific studies on grief, therapies, and useful
teaching techniques.
Professionals including Counselors