A family healing from suicide — told by a mother and her three children with fresh, poignant art
Author Rebecca (Becky) Anderson lost her husband Don to suicide in 2002. As part of the recovery process from this deep loss, she and her three children, ages 5, 7 and 19, embarked on a healing journey with artist Laurie Phillips eight years later in 2010. Each family member had their own story to tell of how the suicide of husband and father impacted their lives. Their experiences are documented in their own words within individual books: Becky, Pattie, Aidan, and Will. A fifth book, Parenting the Suicide Survivors’ Club, a memoir written by Rebecca Anderson, offers perspective as a mother, wife, and medical professional determined to put her broken family back together again. Out of the collaborative art and narrative experience between artist and family came healing and the 5-book set, Suicide Survivors’ Club: A Family’s Journey Through the Death of Their Loved One.
Kim Ode, columnist with the Star Tribune had this to say about the Suicide Survivors’ Club books:
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, open up and move forward on their own healing journey.
– Rebecca Anderson and Laurie Phillips
"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
“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,
- Janice Winchester Nadeau, PhD, LP, RN, Bereavement Specialist