Apr 08 / Simcha

When a Loved One Commits Suicide (Resources)

Tragically, several of my clients have had to confront the suicide of a loved one, or find themselves in the position of wanting to support someone who has experienced such a loss. The following list of resources focuses on supporting adolescents and young adults, but is relevant for a wider population as well.

Books & Resources

Balk, D. (2011). Helping the Bereaved College Student

Pauline Boss (2000).  Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief

Fitzgerald, H. (2000).  The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and their Friends

Gootman, M. (2005).  When a Friend Dies:  A Book for Teens about Grieving and Healing

Miriam Greenspan (2004).   Healing Through the Dark Emotions

Grollman, E. (1999). Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide

Krementz, J. (1988).  How It Feels When a Parent Dies

Perschy, M.K. (2004).  Helping Teens Work Through Grief

D. Wolfelt (2010).   The Wilderness of Suicide Grief: Finding Your Way

D. Wolfelt (2009).   Understanding Your Suicide Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

D. Wolfelt (2001).   Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas

J.L. Wheeler (2010).  Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve

Columbus Recovery Center, Suicide Resource Guide

Grief support in Seattle

Providence Hospital


The Healing Center in Seattle 

American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Free support groups for survivors of suicide (SOS) all over (much like an A- type group in that it is open to the public, free, and has no designated beginning or end)

The Crisis Clinic
24-hour resource line and bereavement groups