Military spouses’ perceptions of suicide in the military spouse community

Newly released data from the U.S. Department of Defense shows military spouse suicide to be an imminent concern for the U.S. military. Currently, there is an absence of research in the counseling profession related to suicide prevention and intervention for this population. Therefore, this qualitative phenomenological study explored the perceptions of military spouses regarding suicide […]

Spouses bereaved by suicide: A population-based longitudinal cohort comparison of physician-diagnosed mental disorders and hospitalized suicide attempts

This study compares a longitudinal population-based sample of spouses bereaved by suicide and those bereaved by other sudden deaths to determine if suicide-bereaved spouses (SBS) experience greater rates of physician-diagnosed mental disorders. Methods: First, married individuals whose spouse died by suicide, sudden natural death (SND) and unintentional injury (UI) were compared to non-bereaved matched cohorts […]

Association between spousal suicide and mental, physical, and social health outcomes: A longitudinal and nationwide register-based study.

Does the suicide of a spouse affect the health of the surviving partner? Findings  In this nationwide register-based cohort study, an increased risk of mental and physical disorders, mortality, and adverse social events were noted among people bereaved by spousal suicide. Bereavement by suicide differed from bereavement by other manners of death. Meaning  Surviving partners […]

Course of bereavement over 8-10 years in first degree relatives and spouses of people who committed suicide: Longitudinal community based cohort study.

To identify factors predicting the long term course of complicated grief, depression, and suicide ideation in a community based sample of relatives bereaved through suicide.

Cpl. Paul Smith’s Life: the Force let him Down

This article relates the factors contributing to the suicide of Paul Smith, an 18-year member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Following his death, he was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder. It is asserted Cpl. Smith did not receive the treatment he needed even though, when asked, he had acknowledged having thoughts of suicide.

Life After Death: a Family’s Walk From A (Awful Death of Suicide) to Z (Zest for Living Again)

This book follows a family’s walk through the shadow of their loved one’s suicide, showing their struggle with grief & their eventual return to a zest for living through the help of their faith. The book was written after the author’s first husband died by suicide after struggling with a diagnosis of cancer.

Book Review-Retelling Violent Death, by E K Rynearson

See SIEC #2004-0252 for the complete reference to “Retelling Violent Death” by E K Rynearson.

Why? Spousal Survivor of Suicide: the Life After Death

This book is an account of the author’s experiences before & after her husband’s suicide. She discusses the coping skills she used to help herself move forward in life & raise her daughter as a single parent.

Mental Health of Widows After a Sudden Death: Suicide and Non-Suicide Survivors Compared

The presenter discussed the results of a study comparing the mental health of widows after the suicide of their spouse with the mental health of widows after sudden spousal death by other modes & identified the variables associated with satisfactory & unsatisfactory mental health. The mental health of 40 widows was assessed at 12-21 months […]

Bereavement of Spousal Suicide: a Reflective Self-Exploration

This study is a reflective exploration of the author’s experience as a survivor of spousal suicide within the context of the suicidology literature. The author uses her experiences in heuristic research to question the rationale of concentrating on the differences &/or similarities of people bereaved by suicide versus people bereaved by other modes of death […]

One Side of Suicide


If Only… Personal Stories of Loss Through Suicide


Our Forever Angel: Surviving the Loss of a Loved one to Suicide


Grandparents and Suicide

This article is on suicide among grandparents. The needs of the surviving partner, adult children, & grandchildren are discussed.

From Suicide to Serenity: one Survivor’s Story

This book is a personal & in-depth look at the author’s journey through bereavement after the suicide of her husband.

Remembering to Forget

This book is an account of the author’s perceptions of events both before & after her husband’s death by suicide.

Surviving Suicide: Help to Heal Your Heart. Life Stories From Those Left Behind

This book is a collection of life stories from people all over the world who have written about their loved one or their friend who died by suicide. A letter or letters to the person who died follow each story.

After a Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal


From the Ashes Flies the Phoenix: Creating a Powerful Life After a Suicide

Krane, a survivor of suicide, writes her story of how she moved from a state of hopelessness after her husband’s death to one where she could forgive & be happy again.

Those They Left Behind: Interviews, Stories, Essays and Poems by Survivors of Suicide

In this collection of interviews with survivors of suicide, individuals talk candidly about how their lives were impacted by the suicide of a family member or close friend. Over 50 individuals shared their stories. The final chapter of the book includes stories, essays, & poems written by survivors.

Dawning of a New Day: a Journey out of Darkness

This book recounts the author’s healing after her husband’s suicide. Using her journal writings, she shares her reflections & personal experiences in her grief journey. She discusses how she struggled with her faith & how she ultimately came to a new day in her life. References & resources for survivors are also included.

Why? The Eternal Unanswered Question

On June 23, 2004, my husband of thirty-five years took his own life as a result of depression. Over the course of our married life I had written him several love poems, but hadn’t written as much the last couple of years of our marriage. Two weeks prior to his death, my husband told me […]

To say Goodbye: a True Story