- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books (July 11, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780830823185
- ISBN-13: 978-0830823185
- ASIN: 0830823182
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One's Search for Comfort, Answers & Hope Paperback – July 11, 2002
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This guide for suicide survivors family and friends of people who took their own lives maintains InterVarsity Press's tradition of cerebral evangelicalism: it is biblical, well reasoned, clearly presented and thoroughly researched. Such a head-over-heart presentation is not surprising, since the author is an IVP editor. An unexpected bonus is the personal thread Hsu weaves through each chapter, the story of his own deep grief at his father's sudden suicide four years ago. In the book's first section, Hsu explores the emotions of grief from sudden shock to eventual remembrance. Though his map of grieving differs from the familiar one proposed by Elisabeth K bler-Ross, Hsu never minimizes grief's importance. "Only when we actively mourn will we be able to receive the comfort that God and others offer," he writes. Nevertheless, "those without [Christian] hope grieve in one way; those with hope grieve in another." The Christian way of grieving is Hsu's focus in the latter half of the book, where he surveys Scripture to deal with questions such as whether people who die by suicide can go to heaven, where God is when tragedy strikes and what can be learned from suicide. With its careful biblical exposition presented in a friendly homiletic style, Hsu's how-to-think-about-suicide book will have value for evangelical pastors and counselors as much as perhaps even more than for the bereaved themselves.
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Hsu's wise, bittersweet, intelligently written book relates his own coping with unexpected, violent death and compassionately examines the emotional and theological issues of suicide. Hsu's father was a suicide at 59. He had suffered a stroke and become depressed during the preceding weeks, yet his death was a great shock. Respecting his readers--for instance, by acknowledging individual differences in grieving--Hsu encourages remembering while lamenting and realizing that one will never know what could have been. He addresses such difficult, unanswerable questions as "Why did it happen?" and "Could anything have prevented it?" while exploring the morality of suicide and the problem of forgiving the suicide with great sensitivity and care. Suffering, he concludes, is part of the human condition. Rather than pondering "unfathomable mysteries," it is better to do one's best to achieve relief. Despite suffering, one can still find meaning, connect with others, and hope that good can come from pain and healing from grief. Strongly recommended for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. June Sawyers
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This book is setup so you read it all in order for really great help - or when it happens you go through very specific phases covered in the book and the author recommends skipping to what you are feeling maybe today or tomorrow or whenever something hits you.
I have had two friends in this unfortunate situation - they both said thank you so much - it was the best help I had during this crappy period of life. I only read the excellent reviews of this book (it contains religious offerings - which some may not like but it isn't trying to convert you but offer explanations) but never read it myself.
My friends son killed himself - I gave this book to his father who read it and referenced it? His wife also read it and recognized certain phases/stages and was able to identify and help him recognize what/why things were happening.
If somebody is against religion then maybe not a good book - but some find god when bad things happen - IT IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK, YOU CAN THROW AWAY IN THE TRASH CAN THINGS YOU DONT LIKE/BELIEVE BUT THIS BOOK WORKS!!!!!
Nobody knows what to say when it happens and I felt I could do nothing to help -- THIS BOOK IS HELP.