After Suicide: A Ray Of Hope For Those Left Behind

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Da Capo Press, Apr 13, 2009 - Psychology - 328 pages
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Beginning with her own story of coping with her husband's suicide, Eleanora Betsy Ross takes the reader beyond the silence and shame often associated with suicide and shatters some of the most pervasive myths surrounding this common tragedy. By examining the dynamics of after-suicide bereavement and using dozens of real-life case histories, After Suicide offers hope for the survivors and helps them maintain their sanity and poise during this most difficult time.Backed by years of research and the author's extensive work with survivors and support groups, this book is a valuable guide to coping with a suicide for both survivors and those who work with them. Capped by a comprehensive resource guide, After Suicide stands as an important resource for anyone who has to deal with this loss.
 

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Contents

Introduction
2
A Letter to You
11
A Ray of Hope My Story
14
In Their Own Words
102
My Mom
106
My Lover
111
My Beautiful Daughter
112
My Mother Husband and Grandfather
114
More Tips for Listening
172
Widowed by Suicide
176
About the Children
186
Acknowledge Loss and Grief
188
Dealing with Loss and Grief
191
About Gob
196
Influence of Superstition
198
Changing Attitudes
201

Other Voices
115
My Brother
118
Growing through Grief
122
Save Me from Drowning
123
AfterSuicide Grief
124
A Grief Comparison
126
Posttraumatic Stress
128
AfterSuicide Grief
130
Helping Yourself Survive
138
Grief and Tears
139
Choosing a Listener
140
Depression
141
Symptoms Serve a Purpose
142
Anger
143
Guilt
144
Action
146
Rituals
147
More Tips for Healing Work
148
Helping Survivors Survive
154
Searching for Why
155
Rebuilding
156
Recovering
157
A Time to Talk A Time to Listen
162
Suggestions from Ray of Hope Support Group Members
168
Suggestions from Support Group Leaders
171
Comfort in Scripture
202
In the Aftermath
206
The Investigation
210
Tpe Value of Support Groups
216
Rejections
222
The Ship
223
Rejections about Suicide
224
Deadly Messages
236
Breaking Free
250
Not So Unusual Experiences
266
Appendixes
272
Booklets and Pamphlets
274
Books
275
Catalogs and Distributors
283
Directories
284
Journals Magazines and Manuals
285
Newsletters
286
Organizations
287
Videos Films Workbooks Camps Other
288
Notes
290
References
294
About Ray of Hope
298
Mission Statement
299
Index
300
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Page vii - Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me.

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Eleanora Betsy Ross founded A Ray of Hope, Inc., in 1977, following the loss of her husband by suicide. An acknowledged expert on suicide prevention and postvention, Mrs. Ross is a member of the American Association of Suicidology and the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

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