A Support Group in Southeast Wisconsin for those who grieve the death of a loved one by suicide

Christian Family Solutions

Christian Family Solutions (formerly known as Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Service) is a is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, affiliated with, but not financially supported by, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod devoted to providing care and counseling for anyone who needs it.

Their mission is the healing and helping of people in need through the ministry of Jesus Christ, and they strive to be the premier provider of quality, Christian care to individuals, families, congregations, and communities.

Self-Help Books About Suicide

And She Was a Christian - Why Believers Commit Suicide by Peter Preuss

How can Christians, who by definition rest their eternal hope in Christ, seem to give up hope and take their own lives? People who have wrestled with this paradox will reap many benefits from reading this book.

Paperback. Pages: 191. Size: 6x9 inches. Published by Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, WI53226-3284 (1-800-662-6022)

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One by Carla Fine

Suicide would appear to be the last taboo. Even incest is now discussed freely in popular media, but the suicide of a loved one is still an act most people are unable to talk about - or even admit to their closest family or friends. Fine offers a strong helping hand and invaluable guidance to the vast numbers of family and friends who are left behind by the more than thirty thousand people who commit suicide each year, struggling to make sense of an act that seems to them senseless and to pick up the pieces of their own shattered lives. And, perhaps most important, she allows survivors to see that they are not alone in their feelings of grief and despair.

Paperback. Published by Broadway Books, a division of Random House (New York: 1997)

Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide by Christopher Lukas and Henry M. Seiden

Adina Wrobleski survived the death of her 21-year-old daughter by suicide. The grief and frustration of that tragedy began a new and remarkable career for her. This practical book seeks to give comfort by providing some answers to the inexplicable "why" of a loved one's death by suicide. "No heart could ever be prepared for the sorrow a survivor is thrown into. As survivors, we ask questions, search for clues, and seek answers… Suicide: Why? Contains the essential information we never thought we would need to help us, as we begin again."

Paperback, 109 pages. Published by SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), Third Edition 2005. 7317 Cahill Rd, Ste 207, Minneapolis, MN 55439 (888) 511-SAVE [7283]

Suicide: Survivors- A Guide for those Left Behind by Adina Wrobleski

A companion book to Suicide: Why?, this guide gives understandable, practical advice to those who find themselves devastated, even incapacitated at times, by the grief left by a loved one's death by suicide. "You make it plain that overwhelming feelings are natural after a suicide, that they will ease with time, and yes, that it's okay to enjoy life again as mourning finally ceases."

Paperback, 131 pages. Published by SAVE (see above), Third Edition 2002

Self-Help Books About Grieving

Finding Your Way Through Grief by Kim Thomas

Is there a right way for Christians to grieve? Is God truly enough in the valley of the shadow of death? Does time really heal all wounds? In finding her way through her own grief, Kim Thomas asks thought provoking questions and comes to know the sorrow and compassion of God in a way that is immediate, intimate, and soul-soothing. If you are experiencing grief or are close to someone who is, you will find in Kim's story an honest admission about the pain of loss. She also offers 30 days of reflections from Scripture that provide hope based on the tender and powerful love of God for those who have known heartache and are making their way through it.

Paperback. Pages: 156. Published by Harvest House Publishers (Eugene, Oregon: 2004)  www.harvesthousepublishers.com

Good Grief by Granger E. Westberg

Each of us experiences loss. Whether we face the death of a loved one, a divorce, a change in job status, or other losses, we all must work through the grief that is a natural reaction to loss and change. Since its first edition in 1962, Good Grief has become a standard resource for people grieving losses. With gentle wisdom and acute insight into human nature, Westberg guides the reader through the stages of grief.

Paperback. Pages: 64. Published by Fortress Press (Minneapolis, MN: 1997)  www.augsburgfortress.org

Grieving the Loss of Someone You Love by Raymond Mitsch and Lynn Brookside

Few losses are as painful as the death of someone close. No valley is as vast as grief, no journey as personal and life-changing. Mitsch and Brookside shine a light on the road through grief. They can help you endure the anguish; understand the stages of grief; sort through the emotions of anger, guilt, fear, and depression; and face the God who allowed you to lose someone you love. A series of thoughtful daily devotions, this book shares wisdom, insight, and comfort that will help you through and beyond your grief.

Paperback. Pages: 208. Published by Regal Books (Ventura, CA: 1993)  www.gospellightworldwide.org

I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye by Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair

In a book that will touch, comfort, uplift, and console, these authors explore sudden death and offer a comforting hand to hold for those who are grieving the sudden death of a loved one. Individuals engulfed in the immediate aftermath will find a special chapter covering the first few weeks.

Paperback. Pages 292. Companion workbook available. Published by Sourcebooks, Inc (Naperville, IL: 2000) (630) 961-3900  www.sourcebooks.com

Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen

This picture book looks like a children's book, and it certainly is. It depicts Grandy making a soup of sorrow over her loss. But the message it conveys is helpful both for adults who are grieving as well as for those who wish to help them in their loss.

Hardcover. 51 pages. Published by Grief Watch (Portland, OR: 1999) (503) 284-7426  www.growthhouse.org

When Your Family's Lost a Loved One by David and Nancy Guthrie

When your family's lost a loved one, the reminders are everywhere. You long to return to "normal," but you wonder how your family can live without the loved one you cherish. There's no avoiding the pain; each family member will grieve in his or her own way and time. But there is light at the end of the tunnel - hope that you will find joy and unity again.

Paperback. 174 pages. Published by Tyndale House Publishers (Carol Stream, IL: 2008)  www.family.org

Books to Help Others as They Grieve

Healing a Friend's Grieving Heart- 100 Practical Ideas for Helping Someone You Love Through Loss by Alan D. Wolfelt

He has quite a few books in his "100 Ideas" series  www.centerforloss.com

What Can I Do? - Ideas to Help Those Who Have Experienced Loss by Barbara A. Glanz