The Aftermath of Suicide: A Mother's Grief Memoir, and Discussion of Pathways to Prevention

Published : Friday, November 10, 2017 | 6:48 PM

On Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse hosts a presentation by author Susan Auerbach and clinical psychologist Dr. Nina Gutin.

Auerbach’s book I’ll Write Your Name on Every Beach: A Mother’s Quest for Comfort, Courage and Clarity After Suicide Loss is the catalyst for the evening, and Dr. Gutin joins in with information about suicide prevention, assessment and intervention.

Written by a mother who lost her 21-year-old son to suicide, I’ll Write Your Name on Every Beach deals with the themes of suicide loss through the lens of the author’s personal grief. Addressing the process of post-traumatic growth, this memoir provides the bereaved with mind-body exercises and creative activities to help them come to terms with their loss.

Although it deals directly with losing a child, much of the book pertains to grief generally, especially complicated grief after a sudden death, and thus provides comfort to any reader who has lost a close one to suicide or anyone interested in young people struggling with mental health. Organized thematically, it addresses the many issues and stages involved in the grieving process and ends each chapter with a variety of beneficial yoga, breathing and therapy activities. This allows readers to dip in and out of the book, and go at their own pace—replicating the fact that grief is not a linear journey but an iterative one that goes back and forth. This book is a lifeline for anyone struggling to process loss.

Auerbach is a gifted writer with a unique ability to observe and articulate the grief journey…This book stands out among the crowd for its eloquence and authenticity. – Ronnie Susan Walker, Executive Director, Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors
What is so special about Auerbach’s moving memoir about the suicide of her remarkable son Noah is how he comes across so alive and present. Auerbach is searingly honest, and her observations and practical advice offer hope and comfort to others who are on their own personal journeys of mourning the suicide of their loved ones, especially those with recent loss. —Carla Fine, author of No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One

Susan Auerbach is a suicide loss survivor, trained in suicide awareness, gate-keeper crisis intervention and bereavement group facilitation. She is also a Professor of Education at California State University, Northridge, blogger for Walking the Mourner’s Path After a Child’s Suicide, and serves on the Advisory Board of Survivors After Suicide, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Center, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Suicide Prevention Network.

Dr. Nina Gutin is Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Pasadena, California. She has conducted numerous trainings and presentations on suicide prevention, assessment, intervention and postvention for mental health trainees and the general public. She is on the advisory board for the Los Angeles (Didi Hirsch) Suicide Prevention Center’s “Survivors after Suicide” program, and has run Survivor’s groups for many years. She is a member of the Los Angeles Dept. of Mental Health’s Suicide Prevention Network, and is co-chair of the Clinician-Survivor‘s Task Force of the American Association of Suicidology.

For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Hwy. Take the Angeles Crest exit off the 210, turn south, make a right onto Foothill Blvd., and turn left onto Chevy Chase. Parking is in the rear of the store.

 

 

 

 

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