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Insightful, provocative, and compassionate, Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort takes a good hard look at the world-wide phenomena of suicide.This book is designed for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide and felt that sucker punch of grief; for anyone who is in pain, walking unsteadily, and considering suicide as an option; and for ...more
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Published October 28th 2014 by White Flowers Press
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Teddy
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When I was about 9 years old my father took me to a new amusement park with his friend, Mr. A. and his son, Ward. It was then that I got to know Mr. A. and became quite fond of him. A few months later, he committed suicide. I don’t think anyone really knew why. I remember being really sad. The adults had trouble coping with it so I don’t think they knew how to help the kids. I felt especially bad for Ward.

Then fast forward to around 2010. I was still a full time social worker in mental health. O
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Patricia
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of “MAKING PEACE WITH SUICIDE” by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D. for the purpose of an honest review.
Suicide and books about suicide are anything but pleasurable topics for me. I have been on both sides of this issue for the past 30+ years. My first experience with suicide was in high school when a boy I knew was threatening to kill himself and the crisis line called because he said he would talk to me. I didn't know what to say to him! I worked a hotline
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Roxanna Dionne
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of the book to facilitate my unique, honest opinion.

As I achieved my undergraduate and graduate degrees, my programs continually emphasized the importance of self-care and working through your own “stuff” because there will be plenty of triggers in the helping profession. I have experienced what people often refer to as survivor guilt. In my early twenties, I thought I had successfully persuaded a friend not to commit suicide, but ultimately he decided that
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Bookgirl86
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are lots of questions that we ask our selves after a loved on commits suicide. Why did they do it? How do I cope with this? How do I find peace again?
I think this book answered all of those questions and more. Adele McDowell is an experienced psychotherapist and it is obvious from the book that she is very familiar with the trauma that people go through when someone in their lives commits suicide.
But McDowell's experience does not only come from her work. Her own mother attempted suicide
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Jasveena Prabhagaran
Lots of research involved in this book and you can tell this from the way they book was written. It is a bit like a work of academic and it helps you to actually understand coping mechanisms and how to embrace the fact that someone who had been a great part of your life had taken away his or her life. I've personally lost a friend who took her own life and I can relate to this book. The first part of the book was solid. However, as the approaches the mid section, some of the parts sound more lik ...more
Phyllis Ring
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adele Ryan McDowell has opened a beautiful door with this remarkable book. Often, the reasons we most avoid this topic are the very gifts we don't know are waiting for us, if we'd just come to it with our hearts open. Out of a wealth of skills and experience, the author has created this wonderful means for us to do just that. ...more
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The author writes in a compassionate and sympathetic way and I feel the book would be a comfort to anyone who has lost a close one to suicide or anyone who is feeling depressed or suicidal themselves. The book is also very well researched and informative.
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Described by one of her smaller clients as “The Feelings Doctor,” Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist with 35+ years’ experience who likes looking at life through the big view-finder.

Dr. McDowell has worked with suicide, domestic violence, and sexual assault crisis hotlines; survivors of Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Joplin Tornado, and the Newtown shooting; and clients struggling wit
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