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Our Books

Suicide Survivors' Club: A Family's Journey Through the Death of Their Loved One

 

This book is the winner of a Midwest Book Award (Autobiography/Memoir). In this hopeful five-book set, a mother, Rebecca Anderson, 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. 

 

Please contact SSC if you are interested in receiving the 5-book set at suicidesurvivorsclubmn@gmail.com or use the contact form below.

Healing After a Suicide Loss: All Ages Workbook + Activity Guide

SSC collaborated with mental health professionals to create Healing After a Suicide Loss: All Ages Workbook + Activity Guide for families, friends, therapists, educators, and facilitators. The questions and activities are an integrated art/storytelling approach to engage and guide loss survivors as they navigate their loss. 

 

When you order a workbook ($20) you will automatically receive the Suicide Survivors' Club 5-book set while our supply lasts. $5.50 for shipping will be added to each workbook purchased.  If you would like to place a larger order please email us!

Workbook & Activity Guide = $25.50

It has been an amazing experience to work with the Anderson family on this art book project that started in 2010. I feel honored to be entrusted with their stories and have tried my best to represent their intimate experiences. 

 

I believe that one of the strengths of art and storytelling is showing us different perspectives than the one we’re currently stuck in. It also validates our experience. Trauma can make us feel isolated and alone, but art can knit us back into the fabric of human life.   


 

THE TEXT

  • Was taken from interviews with each family member.

  • Edited to contain as few words as possible while still conveying the story.

  • Each statement quantified on a best to worse (heaven/hell) emotion they felt at each memory.

  • A dashed line between each text piece acts as a connector between the story elements.

THE ICONS

  • Started as commercially available clipart that each individual helps choose.

  • The images are redrawn with the less-dominate hand so it looks unpolished to reflect the emotional rawness of the experience.

THE PORTRAITS

  •  The icons are richly saturated, transparent jewel tones that stand out against the dull backgrounds the figures are situated in. 

  •  This represents how storytelling can move us out of depression into a place of connection with the history of human meaning. 

- Laurie Phillips

The Art Process