A discussion of the other side of suicide - what happens afterwards for survivors - as well as needs for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention
Written by a mother who lost her 21 year old son to suicide, this book deals with the themes of suicide loss through the lens of the author's personal grief. Addressing the process of post-traumatic growth, this memoir provides the bereaved with mind-body and creative activities to help them come to terms with their loss. Although it deals directly with the loss of a child, much of the book deals with grief generally, especially complicated grief after a sudden death, and thus provides comfort to any reader who has lost a close one to suicide or anyone interested in young people struggling with mental health.
Susan Auerbach is a suicide survivor, trained in suicide awareness, gate-keeper crisis intervention and bereavement group facilitation. She is also a Professor of Education at California State University, Northridge, blogger for Walking the Mourner's Path After a Child's Suicide, and serves on the Advisory Board of Survivors After Suicide, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Suicide Prevention Network.
I’ll Write Your Name on Every Beach
A Mother’s Quest for Comfort, Courage
and Clarity After Suicide Loss
by Susan Auerbach
“What is so special about Auerbach’s moving memoir about the suicide of her remarkable son Noah is how he comes across so alive and present. Auerbach is searingly honest, and her observations and practical advice offer hope and comfort to others who are on their
own personal journeys of mourning the suicide of their loved ones, especially those with recent loss.”
—Carla Fine, author of No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One
Dr. Nina Gutin is Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Pasadena, California. She has conducted numerous trainings and presentations on suicide prevention, assessment, intervention and postvention for mental health trainees and the general public. She is on the advisory board for the Los Angeles (Didi Hirsch) Suicide Prevention Center’s “Survivors after Suicide” program, and has run Survivor’s groups for many years. She is a member of the Los Angeles Dept. of Mental Health’s Suicide Prevention Network, and is co-chair of the Clinician-Survivor‘s Task Force of the American Association of Suicidology. Through her family foundation, the Suicide Prevention Partnership (founded after the loss of her brother to suicide in 1995), she works with a variety of organizations that aim to promote comprehensive community-based responses to the needs for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.