Helpful Resources

There are a variety of resources available to assist individuals and families bereaved by suicide, as well as professionals who may be in contact with supporting the bereaved.


Support After Suicide has produced a series of publications to assist individuals and families bereaved by suicide. These are available for download or purchase from the Jesuit Social Services website.


Many of the books recommended below will be available in your local library.

For Adults

Baugher, Bob and Jordan, Jack: After Suicide Loss: Coping With Your Grief. (Available through the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.)

Bialosky, Jill (2011) History of a Suicide: My Sister's Unfinished Life. Atria.

Braun, Noel (2010) No Way To Behave at a Funeral. Sid Harta Publishers. (Death of his wife)

Clarke, S. (1995), After Suicide: Help for the Bereaved. Hill of Content Publishing.

Cobain, Bev and Larch, Jean (2006) Dying to be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide. Hazelden.

de Leo, Diego (2010) Turning Points: an extraordinary journey into the suicidal mind. Australian Academic Press.

Fine, C. (1997) No Time To Say Goodbye, surviving the suicide of a loved one. Broadway Books, New York.

Joiner, Thomas (2007) Why do people die by suicide. Harvard University Press.

Linn-Gust, Michelle (2010) Rocky Roads: The Journeys of Families through Suicide Grief. Chellehead Works.

Lukas, Christopher and Seiden, Henry M. (2007) Silent Grief:; Living in the Wake of Suicide. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Mackellar, Maggie (2010) When It Rains...a memoir. Vintage Books, Australia (Death of her husband).

Myers, M. F. & Fine, C (2006) Touched by Suicide: hope and healing after loss. Gotham Books.

Noel, B. and Blair, Pamela D. (2000) I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye. Champion Press, Wisconsin.

Reid, S. K. (2010) After Life, After You. Jane Curry Publishing. (Death of a partner)

Requarth, Margo (2006) After A Parent's Suicide: Helping Children Heal. Healing Hearts Press.

Ross, E. (2001) After Suicide: a ray of hope for those left behind, Perseus Publishing, Cambridge, MA.

Rubel, B. (1999) But I Didn't Say Goodbye. For parents and professionals helping child suicide survivors. Griefwork Press, New Jersey.

Simolin, A. and Quinan, J. (1993), Healing After The Suicide Of A Loved One, Simon and Schuster, New York.

Styron, W (1990) Darkness Visible. Vintage Books, London.

Wertheimer, A. (2001) A Special Scar: The Experiences of People Bereaved by Suicide. Psychology Press.

Wickersham, Joan (2009) The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death in Order. Mariner Books.

Woolley, Belinda & Meemeduma, Pauline (eds.) (2006) If only: personal stories of loss through suicide. University of Western Australia Press.

For Young People

Ross, E. (2001) After Suicide: a ray of hope for those left behind, Perseus Publishing, Cambridge, MA.

For Children

Cammarata, Doreen (2009) Someone I Love Died by Suicide: A story for children survivors and those who care for them. Limitless Press.

Sands, Dr Diana (2011) Red Chocolate Elephants: for children bereaved by suicide. Karridale. (This is a book and DVD) Available at the website of Bereaved by Suicide.

The Dougy Center (2001) After a Suicide Death: an activity book for grieving kids. The Dougy Center, Portland, Oregon. ( Available at the website of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.


Messages of Hope: an insight into the lives of the bereaved. 2004.

Available from:
Bereaved Through Suicide Support Group, Adelaide, South Australia.
PO Box 151, Kent Town SA 5071.

Online Information and Support

For Adults

Support After Suicide
A community where people bereaved by suicide, living in Australia, can meet, interact and support one another online.

Suicide Prevention Australia SPA
Suicide Prevention Australia is a non-profit, non-government organisation working as a public health advocate in suicide prevention. SPA is the only national umbrella body active in suicide prevention throughout Australia.

Living is For Everyone LIFE
The Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) website is a suicide and self-harm prevention resource. Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources, the LIFE website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.

A comprehensive website with relevant resources and links which can assist with understanding suicide, suicide prevention or helping someone at risk.

Hope For Life
Suicide prevention and bereavement support.

Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support Association.

AUNZ-POS is for parents in Australia and New Zealand and AUNZ-FFOS for friends and families. This is a partner group of Friends and Families of Suicides which is based in the US.

An information resource on death-related grief for the community and professionals. As the site is based in South Australia some information about support services and educational activities is specific to that state.

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
ACGB provides a statewide specialist bereavement service for individuals, children and families who need assistance following the death of someone close to them. The service also offers a range of bereavement support programs.

Offers a range of services and programs to support men in managing family and relationship difficulties.

For children and young people

Reach Out
A web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times.

Dougy Centre
A website in the United States providing support for children, teens, young adults and families grieving a death.

Kids Helpline
1800 55 1800
Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

Winston's Wish
A UK charity, Winston's Wish helps bereaved children and young people rebuild their lives after a family death. They also offer practical support and guidance to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child.

RD4U is a bereavement website in the UK for young people, mainly between 12 and 18 years old. There is a booklet titled after someone dies available on this site.