Suicide Survivors' Club book set was awarded a 2016 Midwest Book Award (first place) in the Autobiography/Memoir category. Books were submitted from the 12-state region. Awards were presented by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA) at their 27th annual awards gala on May 12, 2017. (left to right) Will Anderson, Laurie Phillips, Rebecca Anderson, Louise Woehrle, Shannon Cogbill, Aidan Anderson, and Jon Spayde.

A family healing from suicide — told by a mother and her three children with fresh, poignant art 

Winner of a Midwest Book Award (Autobiography/Memoir), May 2017. In this hopeful five-book set, a mother and her three children ages 5, 7 and 19 share their story after the suicide death of husband and father Don, in 2002.  Their reflections are captured in their own words and through poignant art by artist/storyteller Laurie Phillips. 

Eight years after guiding her family through the devastation of their collective loss, Rebecca 'Becky' Anderson and her children embarked on a healing journey with artist Laurie Phillips. Each family member had a unique story to tell of how the suicide impacted their life, within a book bearing their name: Becky, Pattie, Aidan and Will. The fifth book, Parenting the Suicide Survivors’ Club, is a memoir by Rebecca Anderson that gives context to the individual stories and offers the powerful perspective of a mother, wife and medical professional determined to put her broken family back together. Out of this creative collaboration between artist and suicide loss survivors came profound healing and the five -book set, Suicide Survivors’ Club: A Family’s Journey Through the Death of Their Loved One. 
When we all work to reduce the stigma surrounding suicide, people struggling with it will feel less isolated and can reach out for help. We believe these books help loved ones dealing with suicide to start the conversation, and move forward on their own healing  journey.

– Rebecca Anderson and Laurie Phillips 

Rebecca and Laurie are available to speak to your group about using art and storytelling to heal from grief surrounding the suicide of a loved one. Please contact Rebecca for information about scheduling a presentation or ordering book sets in volume.  

"These beautiful books are small pieces of art with narrative that express the different experiences and relationships to the same tragic event. They validate the feelings of loss survivors of all ages and also show how art can help heal.  As a loss survivor myself, I thank you for thoughtfully and courageously telling your stories in ways that will be enlightening for those who have not had the experience, and bring comfort to those who have." 
- Donna Fox, Director of Adult Programs and Suicide Prevention, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) MN
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“Each volume of the Suicide Survivors' Club is a rich glimpse into the inner thoughts and feelings of a given family member. Reading them is almost like sitting next to the person, listening to them relate what their journey has been like for them.”
John R. Jordan, Ph.D., Taskforce on U.S. National Guidelines for Suicide Postvention 
“As a family therapist specializing in grief, I was most impressed with the way this series captures the internal world of a particular family grieving a suicide death.”
- Janice Winchester Nadeau, PhD, LP, RN, Bereavement Specialist 

"In this artfully crafted set of books, the Anderson family has courageously shared the experience of their healing process from the trauma of the death of a loved one from suicide.  Through the use of storytelling and art, their individual stories have been organically infused with hope, while coping with their unimaginable loss."
Sue Towey, APRN, CNS, MS, Integrative Mental Health Practitioner, Retired Licensed Psychologist

“These books should help any reader to better comprehend the complexity of the process of recovery from the suicide of a loved one, that it can’t be sorted into neat boxes; much of it involves living an ordinary life that makes acres of room for grieving and healing.”
David Morris, PhD,
Licensed Psychologist
“The Andersons share this intimate and private journey for the common good of all of us who grieve as suicide survivors.”
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Janet Benz, DNP, RN, founder of Christopher Benz Foundation  
“The Suicide Survivors’ Club books tell the Anderson family’s story in their own words, complemented by art that speaks in ways words cannot.” 
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Sharon Ward, MA, LPC, LP, Filial Therapist 
"As a pastor, I frequently counsel parishioners on questions that arise from the suicide of a family member, friend and even a stranger. I can see these books being held and read as people grapple for answers."
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Laurie Pound Feille, Senior Minister, First Christian Church, Minneapolis