After Suicide (Christian Care Books) by John H. Hewett

By John H. Hewett

"For the person within the throes of responding to the....suicide of a family member, this publication offers beneficial perception into the event. this sort of cognitive wisdom can really alleviate pain by way of being a competent advisor during the process".---The Theological Educator.

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In these first few days of acute grief, you began to ask yourself the questions that plague suicide survivors. Why did this happen? What did I do to cause this? Was it my fault? If you were a "stranger to death," you may have refused to believe that the death was caused by suicide. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many survivors deny the fact of suicide in the early days of shock. It's one way of holding at arm's length the specter of pain and suffering coming your way.

It is real. You really feel the pain and distress because it is really happening. Just as normal stress and strain may bring on a tension headache or "butterflies" in an upset stomach, the heavy shock of suicide can also result in more intense physical reactions. Beware of simplistic medical treatment at this point. Most of us tend to be like sheep before a physician, especially when we're grief-stricken. D. stands for Medical Doctor, not Minor Deity! Drugs may certainly serve a purpose in your situation, but they won't cure your grief.

These deaths are quite difficult to identify. " Fourth, our country contains a huge class of persons who knowingly hasten or cause their own deaths through chronic alcohol or drug abuse, unnecessary risk-taking, and even the initiation of their own murders. Death certificates would not list any of these as suicidal deaths, but often they are clear cases of willful self-destruction. The latest reports of the United States Public Health Service on "officially" designated suicides indicate that 28,00030,000 Americans purposely take their lives each year.

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