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ChoosingToLive
Choosing to Live: Stories of Those Who Stepped Away from Suicide
By Cliff Williams
Reviewed by Desiree Woodland
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Choosing to Live contains stories about people who tried to commit suicide, told in their own words, based on the author s interviews with them. Each story serves as a source of encouragement and speaks with a clear voice to all those who struggle with suicide to assure them that they are not alone. Choosing to Live is a must-read for individuals with suicidal feelings and for their relatives and friends who have suffered with them.
   
Managing Suicidal Risk
Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach, Second Edition 
By David A. Jobes
Foreword by Marsha M. Linehan
Reviewed by Bill Schmitz, Jr., Psy.D.
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The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) approach has garnered a strong evidence base and has been implemented by thousands of therapists from a range of orientations in diverse clinical settings. This extensively revised manual provides a proven therapeutic framework for evaluating suicidal risk and developing and implementing a suicide-specific treatment plan that is respectful, empathic, and empowering. In addition to their clinical utility, the procedures used for assessment, treatment, and progress monitoring within CAMS can help reduce the risk of malpractice liability.
   
Suicide Funeral
The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service): Honoring Their Memory, Comforting Their Survivors
Edited by Melinda Moore and Daniel Roberts
Reviewed by William Feigelman, PhD
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To our knowledge nothing with The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service): Honoring Their Memory, Comforting Their Survivors' scope and depth has ever been published. This is an aid to anyone who will be called upon to do a funeral for the nearly 43,000 suicides in America each year. This book is designed to assist clergy, chaplains, and other faith leaders as they develop sermons and homilies for a funeral service. Its mandate is to help those searching for inspiration even though they may feel confused or uncertain undertaking such a daunting assignment. Those who plan and lead a funeral service may enable family and friends to understand and participate intentionally in their grief process.
   
Seasons of Healing
Seasons of Healing: A Suicide Survivor's Notebook
By: Emily Margaret Stuparyk
Reviewed by Ginny Sparrow
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Coping with the suicide of a loved one can be completely devastating. The author befriended a lovely lady, Essie Arthur, through her first book, When Only the Love remains. When Essie tragically took her own life, Emily plunged into the stigmatized world of suicide, read countless books on the topic and journaled her way to healing through the writing of this book. 

   
  Free to Dance, A Suicide Survivor's Memoir
By: Ca-Asia A. Lane
Reviewed by Ginny Sparrow
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Death by suicide is a serious topic that is rarely discussed. It is the tenth-leading cause of death for adults in the United States and the second cause of death for children under the age of eighteen. For every suicide death, countless survivors are left traumatized, accompanied by grief and the heavy weight of emotional pain. Ca-Asia knows the shock, despair, confusion and depression marked by suicide's aftermath. The words spilled across these pages journey how God healed her fragile heart and mind back together again after her husband's death by suicide. Her story is a gift of encouragement for this who struggle with the loss of a loved one and tread along a similar path. In the midst of inexplicable heartache and adversity, her testimony reveals how she was literally able to dance and praise at her Master's feet for healing, hope and ultimately her freedom.
   
Living Through Suicide Loss with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Living Through Suicide Loss with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD): An Insider Guide for Individuals, Family, Friends, and Professional Responders
By: Lisa Morgan, M.Ed.
Reviewed by Ginny Sparrow
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Losing someone to suicide can open up a world of pain, confusion and grief, and for people with ASDs, the effect can be acute and extremely challenging. Reaching out to fellow Aspies, Lisa Morgan proffers her insight and advice to ensure that others on the autism spectrum don't have to face suicide loss alone.
   
Voices
Voices of Healing and Hope: Conversations on Grief after Suicide
By: Iris Bolton
Reviewed by Michael F Myers, MD
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"My intention in writing this book is to assist people touched by suicide loss." says Iris Bolton. "I share my own journey following the suicide of our twenty-year-old son Mitch many years ago, as well as my bereavement process as a parent, counselor, and lecturer."


According to an informal survey of family members impacted by suicide, eight issues were identified to be among the most difficult. They are: Why, Guilt, Shame, Anger, Pain, Fear, Depression, and Faith. Chapters in the book and on the DVD deal with thes areas and many others.


More than 25 suicide loss survivors share their poignant stories of trauma, healing, and hope related to one of the above eight issues. Their courage and resilience are deeply touching.


   
A Beautiful Here
A Beautiful Here: Emerging from the Overwhelming Darkness of My Son's Suicide
By: Linda Phillips
Reviewed by William Feigelman, PhD
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Linda Phillips followed the light and found her joy after emerging from the overwhelming darkness of losing her son to suicide following a lifelong struggle with severe depression. In the decades since, the state of mental health care has declined. In this tender retelling of the most painful experience of her life, Phillips not only gives raw insight into the reeling effects of suicide on her family and herself, she examines the process that helped her regain herself in the aftermath. Her insights offer a hopeful, effective solution. A very simple idea that can be initiated by any passionate, caring person. In this case, the focus is on musicians and the creative community as well as the community at large. It’s called Nuçi’s Space.


   
Luna's Red Hat
Luna's Red Hat: An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope with Loss and Suicide
By: Emmi Smid
Reviewed by Ginny Sparrow
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This beautifully-illustrated storybook is designed as a tool to be read with children aged 6+ who have experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide. Suicide always causes shock, not just for the family members but for everyone around them, and children also have to deal with these feelings. The book approaches the subject sensitively and includes a guide for parents and professionals by bereavement expert, Dr Riet Fiddelaers-Jaspers. It will be of interest to anyone working with, or caring for, children bereaved by suicide, including bereavement counsellors, social workers and school staff, as well as parents, carers and other family members.
   
Developing a Forensic Practice
Developing a Forensic Practice: Operations and Ethics for Experts
By: William H. Reid
Reviewed by William "Bill" Schmitz Jr., Psy.D
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Developing a forensic practice can be confusing and intimidating. Dr. William Reid, a highly experienced forensic psychiatrist, has written a practical, straightforward guide for clinicians interested in doing it right and increasing their opportunities for a successful transition to forensic work. This book, which will be of interest to many attorneys as well, provides straightforward details, along with many case examples, of lawyer-expert communications and relationships, case assessment, record review, evaluations, reports, deposition and trial testimony, fees and billing, office operations, marketing, liability, and professional ethics. A bonus chapter by a successful malpractice attorney gives a unique and valuable "lawyer’s perspective" on the content and mental health experts in general. The huge appendix provides over 40 highly useful examples of common office forms, letters, reports, and affidavits.

   
Critical Suicidology
Critical Suicidology: Transforming Suicide Research and Prevention for the 21st Century
By: Jennifer White, Ian Marsh, Michael J. Kral, Jonathan Morris
Reviewed by Mary K. Lear, M.S., & Carolyn M. Pepper, Ph.D.
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In Critical Suicidology, a team of international scholars, practitioners, and people directly affected by suicide argue that the field of suicidology has become too focused on the biomedical paradigm: a model that pathologizes distress and obscures the social, political, and historical contexts that contribute to human suffering. The authors take a critical look at existing research, introduce the perspectives of those who have direct personal knowledge of suicide and suicidal behavior, and propose alternative approaches that are creative and culturally sensitive. In the right hands, this book could save lives.
   
   
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