Understanding Your Suicide Grief – Second Edition



Since its debut in 2009, this favorite by one of the world’s most respected grief counselors has found a place in the homes and hearts of thousands of mourners across the globe. Filled with compassion and hope, Understanding Your Suicide Grief helps you understand and befriend your complex, yet normal thoughts and feelings after the death of someone loved.

Suicide grief is a uniquely painful, naturally complicated journey. The grief splits into two parts – one focused on the manner of the death, and one focused the forever loss of the person who died.

Understanding Your Suicide Grief is built on Dr. Wolfelt’s Ten Touchstones—basic principles to learn and actions to take to help yourself engage with your grief and create momentum toward healing. This second edition includes concise include concise additional wisdom on new topics such as the language of suicide grief, a framework to understand complicated grief, grief overload, the significance of activating events, soulmate grief, the loneliness of grief, and more.

If you’re grieving a suicide loss, this refreshed resource will be your compassionate companion as you journey through the wilderness of your unique grief.


***Please note this is a pre-order product. Pre-orders will be shipped as soon as they are available in early November 2024. For the current version, available immediately, click here. ***


The Ten Essential Touchstones:

  1. Open to the presence of your loss.
  2. Dispel misconceptions about grief.
  3. Embrace the uniqueness of your grief.
  4. Explore what you might experience.
  5. Understand the six needs of mourning.
  6. Recognize you are not crazy.
  7. Nurture yourself.
  8. Reach out for help.
  9. Seek reconciliation, not resolution.
  10. Appreciate your transformation.

Think of your grief as a wilderness—a vast, inhospitable forest. You must journey through this wilderness. To find your way out, you must become acquainted with its terrain and learn to follow the sometimes hard-to-find trail that leads to healing. In the wilderness of your grief, the touchstones are your trail markers. They are the signs that let you know you are on the right path. When you learn to identify and rely on the touchstones, you will find your way to hope and healing. The companion journal now provides space for writing and reflection. The text and the journal are available to purchase as a set. 

Additional Information

Weight0.8 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 in
Weight0.8 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 in

ISBN: 9781617223358

Author: Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Product Type: Paperback

Number of Pages: 240

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