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Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One's Search for Comfort, Answers Hope

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A 2003 Finalist in the United Kingdom Christian Book Awards! Every seventeen minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide. It is one of the most serious public health crises of modern times, claiming over one million lives worldwide every year. Those who have lost a loved one to suicide experience tremendous shock and trauma, with a confusing mix of ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published July 11th 2002 by IVP Books (first published June 11th 2002)
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Aug 14, 2016 Jonathan rated it really liked it
I hate that this kind of book exists.

It should never have been written. It should not be.

But it was still a helpful read. And so I am thankful for it, even if I'm not thankful for its reason for being.

There is much to appreciate in this book, especially the author's understanding of and empathy with other sufferers and grievers. His section on the dissonance we experience between God's love for us and our personal experiences of suffering, in this case suicide, was really helpful, because he foc
Jun 21, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
As other reviewers have noted, this book does approach the subject from a strongly Christian perspective. That said, however, it contains valuable information that can be of help to survivors and to those seeking resources for helping survivors.

I recently completed a Suicide Postvention Trainers training through NAMI and the Connect Project. This book mostly tracks what was presented as best practices in the training. I only found a few minor quibbles that raised my eyebrows. The author provide
Feb 14, 2016 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Author Albert Y Hsu breaks his book into three parts, "When Suicide Strikes", "The Lingering Questions", and "Life After Suicide". I found the first section long-winded, wordy, and mostly repetitive of other suicide survivor books available. Hsu provided historical examples that I wanted to be over with as I was in the midst of them. However, I found the second and third sections extremely informative and comforting. I had especially been looking for reading material that dealt with the idea of ...more
Jul 13, 2009 Sue rated it it was amazing
Sixth book read after our son's suicide - almost four months ago. So many thoughts, feelings, struggles, questions that were shared by the author resonated with me.

My habit with books on this topic is to read with a pen handy to underline and write notes in the margin etc. I also dog-ear pages that deserve further review. After this, I give it a rest for a few days and re-read while writing in my journal. Due to all of the marks in the book, I have a feeling it will take a while to journal thro
Jul 09, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it
Albert does a wonderful job of taking the reader by the hand and walking them through his stages of grief over his father's death to suicide. I read this book to get a better understanding of what one feels after they have been left behind bu such a sudden and undeserving way. By reading this book, I have gained more insight so that I will be able to use this as a tool in helping those grieving the death of a loved one to suicide.
Mar 10, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The author researched quite a bit and references other books on grieving and being a survivor of suicide. I really like that it was written by a Christian with a Christian perspective.
Michelle Young
Aug 16, 2009 Michelle Young rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, nonfiction
Hsu relates the story of his own father's suicide while exploring some of the questions that people ask after a loved one takes his or her own life. As you can tell from the title, he also talks about the process of grieving a suicide (from a Christian perspective). Recommended.
Amanda Guillot
Mar 08, 2012 Amanda Guillot rated it it was amazing
Hands down the best book I have read on this topic. Sorry to have the experience but thankful for authors such as Hsu to beautifully capture the tangle of emotions.
Jan 15, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-some-of
I read some of this before giving it to the husband of a friend who committed suicide just before Christmas. I found it very helpful and so did he.
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