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When someone you love dies by suicide, confusion, shame, and guilt often add to the emotional upheaval and spiritual turmoil in your life. When a Loved One Dies by Suicide was written by Catholics who have lost a loved one due to suicide. The contributors share their personal stories of loss, of learning to cope with the crushing grief, of finding comfort in faith and community, and of discovering hope as they began to move forward again.
Suicide, although common, too often is hidden in our culture and in the Catholic Church. When a Loved One Dies by Suicide dispels the misconceptions about what the Church teaches about suicide and offers a wealth of guidance and support to help you find your own path toward healing. The contributors include Deacon Ed Shoener, Bishop John P. Dolan, Msgr. Charles Pope, Leticia Adams, Tom and Fran Smith, and clinical experts in the field of mental health and suicide.
In this book, you will find:
· encouragement with practical matters such as taking care of yourself emotionally, physically, and spiritually;
· ways to let others know what you need and find a network of support;
· guidance to tell your story when you’re ready to share it;
· prayers of comfort and encouragement;
· solace, hope, and healing from within the rich traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church; and
· information for how to help others experiencing a similar loss, if and when you are drawn to do so.
A Note From the Publisher
“My wife, Helene, and I lost our beloved son Ryan to suicide in 2011. This wonderful little book has greatly moved me, nine years later. When a Loved One Dies by Suicide conveys a message of spiritual clarity, reassurance, and hope through the eyes of parents and family members who have suffered the tragic loss of suicide. This book spoke to me, comforted me, and reassured me that as Helene and I continue to entrust ourselves to the loving hands of God, we are in those hands with Ryan.”
John J. O’Malley
Professor of Psychology Emeritus
University of Scranton
“I have lost two children to suicide, one in 2006 and another in 2011. For anyone grieving such heart-rending loss, this book will be a steady help and great source of comfort. Each of the shared stories in this book illustrates that—with faith and loving support—a transformation from a life of intense grief to one of hope and healing, of post-traumatic growth, is truly possible.”
Ann Marie McCrone
Grief Support Facilitator
St. Peter's Cathedral
“When our family lost our son Zachary to suicide, we rediscovered the power of community, especially our Catholic community. The community embrace during those early months allowed us to find meaning in tragedy and helped us to move forward. This book is a welcome contribution to the faith journey that accompanies survivors of suicide loss and is a bright path forward for those turning to their faith during this terrible ordeal.”
Catholic Climate Covenant
“During the last twenty years I’ve accompanied many individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. As a lay minister and as a psychotherapist, how I wish I’d had this book to put in their hands! This is a long overdue, compassionate, and practical resource for people of faith trying to make sense of losing a loved one to suicide. These pages are filled with deep wisdom, accurate Church teaching, and realistic suggestions based on the latest psychological research to help survivors cope and heal in the aftermath of suicide."
Licensed Professional Counselor
Author of Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression