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Aftershock: Help, Hope and Healing in the Wake of Suicide Paperback – October 1, 2003
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About the Author
Candy Neely Arrington received the B.A. degree in English from Wofford College. Her publishing credits include Devo'zine and The Encourager in addition to being a contributor to several books including What's in the Bible for Couples, God's Abundance for Living--Pslams, Stories for a Teen's Heart, volume 2 and A Growing Heart: Lessons and Exercises Inspired by Proverbs. She and her family live in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Top Customer Reviews
Thank you SO much to the authors for knowing how important this was to write. IDEA: I read this book 3 times before fully digesting it. The third time, I highlighted certain parts that I felt were pertinent to my son. I also wrote notes in the margins. Next, my mother read it (in one night, cover to cover).... and used a different colored highlighter and also wrote notes in the margins. We have now passed it onto his best friend who is doing the same.... with a different colored highlighter. It is our way of sorting through my son's very complicated brain and trying to make sense of his death. It is a structured method of sharing our knowledge of him, and why on Earth he chose death over life. It has truly helped all of us. My husband will read it at some point, and someday our younger children will read it.... with the wisdom and knowledge from those of us who knew and understood their brother the best.
I highly HIGHLY recommend this book. I don't think I would be doing this well (not that I am doing great!) at this point without it. God's truth and wisdom in my darkest days.
The earthquake analogy used thoughout the book is fitting. Like an earthquake, suicide leaves immediate devastation; its damaging effects are strongest at the "epicenter," the family; and aftershocks continue to be felt. The aftershocks of suicide, the authors say, are isolation, anger, guilt, rejection, betrayal, grief, and loss. AFTERSHOCK explains how to deal with each of these emotions.
Especially important is the section on explaining a death by suicide to children. Suggestions for suicide intervention and for starting a support group of survivors of suicide are also included. Chapter 3 contains excellent advice for recognizing the symptoms of suicidal behavior in teens and responding effectively.
The authors use the term survivor as a person who has lost a friend or loved one to suicide and also as someone who has attempted suicide and failed. Both will find practical help and Biblically-based encouragement in AFTERSHOCK. Pastors and counselors will also benefit from reading this exceptional book.
AFTERSHOCK is easy reading, full of helpful information, not only for suicide survivors but those around them. Readers will be encouraged and reminded that they are not alone in their grief. Your connection to suicide may not be the personal loss of a loved one, but you want to understand and minister to someone dealing with a suicide loss. In AFTERSHOCK, Cox and Arrington will give you practical ways to help. AFTERSHOCK will also provide clues to suicidal thought patterns and behaviors so you can act as an intervener or know when you need to get in touch with professionals.
I definitely recommend this book, both as informational reading and as a resource to have on your shelf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Extremely helpful for those left behind and those who want to help survivors. Arrington gives little known facts about suicide to alert survivors about the risks associated with... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Benita L Stanford
There are so many books (thankfully) that address suicide and how to heal after it has struck your family. This is not one of those books. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cody Sanders
Beautiful and touching account of the spiritual journey that suicide survivors go through and concrete wats to cope and manage the devastation that it brings.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is best for someone with a strong Christian belief system.Published 18 months ago by Sharon Blunk
A friend gave me this when our son died and it was a real comfort to me as it let me work through what I was feeling in ways that my family could not understand, Unless you have... Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by Anna M. Stidham