Nothing could hurt worse. But even in the darkness . . . there's hope.
The pain of suicide loss is indescribable. It seems beyond survival. Yet with faith, perseverance, and the tools of brain science, there is a way through. It will take time. It will take struggle. But hope is real, for there are things you can do to make it to the other side.
If you are struggling with suicide loss or you need to come alongside someone who is, Rita Schulte wants to help you move forward. As a suicide loss survivor herself, she understands the pain you're feeling because she has been there too. Rita, an experienced therapist and expert in traumatic loss, offers a science-based therapy model that also takes into account the role of human spirituality. Chapters in this book include:
When it comes to suicide loss, you'll never have all the answers. But one thing is certain: there are real pathways to help you heal—body, mind, and spirit.
Praise for Surviving Suicide Loss
"This is not just another good book about surviving a suicide. It's actually a book about life and hope and new beginnings. Rita writes with the compassion of a survivor and the wisdom of a therapist. She doesn't minimize the pain. She addresses the difficult issues head-on. It's realistic and faith-affirming. I so wish that I'd had this resource when I lost a young adult son to suicide. This is a book that you will want to read more than once."
—GARY OLIVER, THM, PHD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Executive Director, The Center for Healthy Relationships
Professor of Psychology & Practical Theology, John Brown University
"Surviving Suicide Loss is a valuable contribution to suicide literature and a gift to the survivor community. Written with wisdom and grace, the book offers solid support for those grappling with the profound grief that follows the suicide of a loved one. Schulte writes beautifully, and she has shared her story in a way that will make a difference for others who are grieving a suicide. Information and helpful suggestions, along with kindness and compassion permeate every sentence of this book. Reading it was like talking with a friend who understands suicide grief completely—because they have traveled that same journey."
—RONNIE SUSAN WALKER MS, LCPC
Founder & Executive Director, Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors
"Too many books of this type are strictly personal accounts of survival or an impersonal self-help guide. This is different. Not only does Schulte write about her own journey after her husband's suicide, but she offers an amazing amount of helpful advice in poignant, caring language. I was especially impressed with the practical challenges in her 'Consider This' at the end of each chapter. Although every chapter is impressive, the one I rarely see much written about is chapter 9, 'Making Peace with Ourselves.'"
Author or coauthor of 140 books, including bestsellers such as Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story and 90 Minutes in Heaven
"Deaths by suicide are catastrophes, and the bereaved are left behind to face a lifetime of sometimes unanswerable 'why' questions and the possibility of a shattered belief system, among other woes. In this book, Rita Schulte provides the dual insight of both clinician and suicide loss survivor, giving the reader a roadmap through the darkness that can overtake survivors. With numerous exercises and practical teaching for healing, this book will be an excellent resource to help survivors create new sustainable frameworks of meaning in areas of life challenged by a suicide loss."
—DR. THOMAS JOINER
The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Florida State University
"There is no word by itself that triggers more alarm, fear, and pain than suicide. Its impact shakes families, schools, churches, and communities. In her latest book, Surviving Suicide Loss, Rita takes us on a rare journey on how to process and work through one of life's most difficult situations. In sharing her story, Rita helps bring clarity, comfort, and peace to those who have been deeply impacted by suicide. Rita's words remind us that in the midst of great tragedy and loss, there is hope found in Christ."
—DR. TIM CLINTON
President of the American Association of Christian Counselors
"Brutally honest . . . poignantly helpful, not a casually written book, but rather profound from page to page. Rita is 'real' before us, and wise with her words. To help you heal, heed her call to 'make room for spiritual growth'—she even helps us with the how."
Founder, CEO, CSO (Chief Servant Officer), Hope For The Heart
Author, Counseling Through Your Bible Handbook