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Understanding Your Suicide Grief: Ten Essential Touchtones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart, Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

  

When someone you love takes his or her own life, your grief is profound. Yet as a result of fear and misunderstanding, suicide survivors are often left alone and in silence at a time when they desperately need compassion and unconditional support.

Using the metaphor of the wilderness, Dr. Wolfelt introduces ten Touchtones that will assist the survivor in what is often a complicated grief journey. Learning to identify and rely on the Touchtones helps those touched by suicide find their way to hope and healing.

The Understanding Your Suicide Grief Journal, Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

  

For many suicide survivors, journaling is an excellent way to do the work of mourning. While private and independent, journaling is still the outward expression of grief. And it is through the outward expression of grief that you heal.

This companion journal to Understanding Your Suicide Grief helps you explore the ten essential Touchstones for finding hope and healing your grieving heart after the suicide death of someone loved. Throughout, you’ll be reminded of the content you have read in the companion book and asked corresponding questions about your profound, unique grief.


The Wilderness of Suicide: Finding Your Way, Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

  

Someone you love has taken his or her own life. You are confronted with profound grief and the need to find continued meaning in your own life.

Think of your grief as a wilderness — a vast, mountainous, inhospitable forest. You are in the wilderness now. You are in the midst of unfamiliar and often brutal surroundings. You are cold and tired.

Yet you must journey through the wilderness. You must become acquainted with its terrain and learn to follow the sometimes hard-to-find path that leads to healing.

This hardcover gift book is a compassionate, gentle guide to finding your way through the wilderness of grief after the suicide death of someone you love. An excerpted version of the comprehensive Understanding Your Suicide Grief, this is a more concise resource, making it appropriate for mourners who might be overwhelmed by a lengthy text.

Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness, Matthew S. Stanford, Ph.D.

Each day men and women diagnosed with mental disorders are told they need to pray more and turn from their sin. Mental illness is equated with demonic possession, weak faith and generational sin. Why is it that the church has struggled in ministering to those with mental illnesses? As both a church leader and professor of psychology and neuroscience, Michael S. Stanford has seen far too many mentally ill brothers and sisters damaged by well meaning believers who respond to them out of fear or misinformation rather than grace. Grace for the Afflicted is written to educate Christians about mental illness from both biblical and scientific perspectives. Stanford presents insights into our physical and spiritual nature and discusses the appropriate role of psychology and psychiatry in the life of the believer. Describing common mental disorders, Stanford asks of each: "What does science say and what does the Bible say about this illness?" 

Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One's Search for Comfort, Answers, and Hope, Albert Y. Hsu

Albert, the neighbor said, "your mom needs you to come home." That's how it began for Albert Hsu when his father died. Anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide experiences tremendous shock and trauma. What follows is a confusing mix of emotions―anger, guilt, grief, and despair. 

Suicide raises heartrending questions: Why did this happen? Why didn't we see it coming? Could we have done anything to prevent it? How can we go on?  

After his father's death, Hsu wrestled with the intense emotional and theological questions surrounding suicide. While acknowledging that there are no easy answers, he draws on the resources of the Christian faith to point suicide survivors to the God who offers comfort in our grief and hope for the future.

For those who have lost a loved one to suicide and for their counselors and pastors, this book is an essential companion for the journey toward healing. This revised edition incorporates updated statistics, has expanded resources for suicide prevention and mental health ministry, and now includes a discussion guide for suicide survivor groups.