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

Silent Grief is a book for and about ‘suicide survivors’ – those who have been left behind by the suicide of a friend or loved one.

Christopher LuKas is a suicide survivor himself – several members of his family have taken their own lives – and the book draws on his experiences, as well as those of numerous other suicide survivors. These personal testimonies are combined with the professional expertise of Dr. Henry M Seiden, a psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

The authors present information on common experiences and various ways of coping. Their message is that it is important to share one’s experience of ‘survival’ with others, and they encourage survivors to overcome the perceived stigma or shame associated with suicide and to seek support from self-help groups, psychotherapy, family therapy or a friend or family member who will listen.