Making Peace with Suicide by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.Making Peace with Suicide by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

Publisher: White Flowers Press (Oct 28, 2014)
Category: Self-Help, Mental Illness, Grief, Psychology
Tour dates: Oct/Nov, 2017
ISBN: 978-0982117620
Available in Print & ebook, 232 pages
Making Peace With Suicide

Insightful, compelling, and compassionate, Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort takes a good hard look at the world-wide phenomena of suicide. This book is designed for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide and felt that sucker punch of grief; for anyone who is in pain, walking unsteadily, and considering suicide as an option; and for anyone who works with, guides, or counsels those feeling suicidal and/or suffering the profound grief from a suicidal loss.

Making Peace with Suicide includes stories of courage, vulnerability, and steadfastness from both the survivors of suicidal loss as well as the unique perspective of the formerly suicidal. It offers shared wisdom and coping strategies from those who have walked before you. It explores the factors leading to suicide and the reasons why some do and some don’t leave suicide notes.

Making Peace with Suicide sheds light on the phenomena of suicide vis-à-vis our teens, the military, new mothers, as an end-of-life choice, and asks if addiction is a form of slow suicide. It provides a seven-step healing process and opens the door to consider suicide and the soul, the heart lesson of suicide, and the energies of suicide.

If suicidality has impacted your life, Making Peace with Suicide is a must-read. You will be guided through the unknown territory, given insights to allow understanding, stories to help you heal, and ways to make peace with a heart wide-open. Making Peace with Suicide is good medicine for the body, mind, and soul.

My Thoughts Making Peace with Suicide by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

When I was about 9 years old my father took me to a new amusement park with his friend, Mr. A. and his son, Ward.  It was then that I got to know Mr. A. and became quite fond of him.  A few months later, he committed suicide.  I don’t think anyone really knew why.  I remember being really sad.  The adults had trouble coping with it so I don’t think they knew how to help the kids.  I felt especially bad for Ward.

Then fast forward to around 2010.  I was still a full time social worker in mental health.  One of the people I was working with moved and I had to hand her case over to a different social worker in that city.  I did occasionally check in and after a couple months, I was told she committed suicide.  It was soon after that, I quite social work full time and only stayed on to consult and teach workshops on occasion.

I wish I had the book ‘Making Peace With Suicide’ back then.  I think it would have helped me even more that the counseling I went through.  Adele Ryan McDowell brings a fresh perspective to the subject without bringing a lot of religion into it, as so many people tend to do.  I know many find comfort in religion and I think that is great.  I am not a very religious person and look for answers anywhere I can find them.  Through the humanities, history, and literature, etc.

If you are like me in that regard, or even if you are religious, I think that this book can help you cope if you have a friend or loved one that has committed suicide or even attempted it.  Ms. McDowell shows much compassion and insight through her many years of experience.  She writes for regular people, not just for professionals in her field.  Unlike some dry clinical books, she brings humanity into the subject. This book is powerful! I highly recommend ‘Making Peace With Suicide’!


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About Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.Making Peace with Suicide by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

Described by one of her smaller clients as “The Feelings Doctor,” Award winning author, Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist with 35+ years’ experience who likes looking at life through the big view-finder.

Dr. McDowell has worked with suicide, domestic violence, and sexual assault crisis hotlines; survivors of Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Joplin Tornado, and the Newtown shooting; and clients struggling with addiction as well as those moving through profound life changes such as loss and health challenges. Her work focuses on helping clients find hope, balance, and peace in the face of crisis, trauma, abuse, and grief.

Dr. McDowell is the author of Balancing Act: Reflections, Meditations, and Coping Strategies for Today’s Fast-Paced Whirl. The suicide of a fellow psychologist led to the creation of her second book, Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort.

Adele — a Texan by birth and pioneering spirit — lives in Connecticut where you will often find her driving along the highways and byways, singing loudly in her car.

Adele is a frequent blogger on suicide and loss for the Huffington Post Canada. She has won two awards for ‘Making Peace with Suicide’:
-IPPY (Gold) in the Psychology category (Independent Publisher Book Awards)
-Living Now Award (Bronze), Books for Better Living from IBPA (Independent Book Publishing Association)


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