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Books About Sudden Losses:

Sudden, Traumatic Deaths

"Retelling Violent Death"

An important healing guide for anyone who has survived a sudden loss. You must be at the place where you are ready to begin telling the story and healing from this experience. Highly recommend!

  "No Time for Goodbyes: Coping with Sorrow, Anger and Injustice After a Tragic Death"

Very useful book if you have suffered a sudden loss. Good at any point in your grieving process.

  "What to Do When the Police Leave: A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss"

A very helpful resource for people who have just learned of the death of a loved one.

"On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss"

Kubler-Ross is the leading expert on grief counseling. This book explains what to expect during a grieving process and ways to make meaning of death through grieving.

"A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love"

Surviving suicide, homicide, sudden deaths, accidents - a useful book to help you work through the grieving process.




"No Time to Say Goodbye"

I believe this is one of the best books on surviving the loss of a loved one to suicide. Good books on the subject are hard to find.

"Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One"

It is vitally important to begin the healing process after a suicide. Survivors often get locked in their grief because of the immense shame and guilt experienced following a loved one's suicide. This book is critical for all suicide survivors!

"A Special Scar"

Written by professionals who run suicide survivor groups, this book addresses various aspects about suicide. It is comprehensive and clinical but also helpful for survivors who have done some grief work.

"Suicide of a Child"

Help for parents who have lost a child to suicide and are seeking answers and hope.

"Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling"

A good book for sibling loss. Good for any stage of grief.

"Before Their Time: Adult Children's Experiences of Parental Suicide"

A collection of stories written by adult children whose mother or father committed suicide. A nice read for survivors.

"After a Parent's Suicide: Helping Children Heal"

A good book for anyone who has lost a parent to suicide, but it is especially written to help children!

"But I Didn't Say Goodbye"

Helping children cope with the suicide of a parent. An important book!



Suicidal Kids & Teens

"Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents"

This guide is helpful for dealing with depression that is a psychiatric illness. Severe, suicidal depression always should be treated by a doctor. This book gives parents a full understanding of the treatments for depression.

"Helping Your Depressed Teenager: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers"

A less comprehensive book than "Adolescent Depression" that is straightforward and easy to read.

"Helping Your Child Cope with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts"

This is one of only a few books written about young children who struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. Great for parents with younger children!

"A Parent's Guide for Suicidal and Depressed Teens"

Helpful guide for parents. It looks at the issue from the experience of parents, which is especially helpful. I recommend it!

"When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens"

This book helps young people understand depression and how to handle their depression.

"No One Saw My Pain: Why Teens Kill Themselves"

An excellent book about adolescent depression and suicide. Important book!



"Aftermath: In the Wake of Murder"

This book takes you through the process of a homicide investigation, court, and beyond the verdict. It helps understand grief that is unique to those who have lost a loved one to homicide.


"Coping with Traumatic Death: Homicide"

Only homicide survivors know the experience of losing a loved one this way. This is a very good book for the people left behind.

"Homicide Survivors: Misunderstood Grievers (Death, Value and Meaning)

Another good book just for homicide survivors.

"Living Victims, Stolen Lives: Parents of Murdered Children Speak to America"

Parents of Murdered Children and therapists who work with them discuss their experiences. Intense and painful but highly important. Not for people who have recently lost a loved one.