Life After Suicide

Finding Courage, Comfort & Community After Unthinkable Loss
Narrated by: Jennifer Ashton
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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From the chief medical correspondent of ABC News, an eloquent, heartbreaking, yet hopeful memoir of surviving the suicide of a loved one, examining this dangerous epidemic and offering first-hand knowledge and advice to help family and friends find peace. 

Jennifer Ashton, MD, has witnessed firsthand the impact of a loved one’s suicide. When her ex-husband killed himself soon after their divorce, her world - and that of her children - was shattered. Though she held a very public position with one of the world’s largest media companies, she was hesitant to speak about the personal trauma that she and her family experienced following his death. A woman who addresses the public regularly on intimate health topics, she was uncertain of revealing her devastating loss - the most painful thing she’d ever experienced. But with the high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, Dr. Ashton recognized the importance of talking about her experience and the power of giving voice to her grief. She shared her story with her Good Morning America family on air - an honest, heartbreaking revelation that provided comfort and solace to others, like her and her family, who have been left behind. 

In Life After Suicide, she opens up completely for the first time, hoping that her experience and words can inspire those faced with the unthinkable to persevere. Part memoir and part comforting guide that incorporates the latest insights from researchers and health professionals, Life After Suicide is both a call to arms against this dangerous, devastating epidemic, and an affecting story of personal grief and loss. In addition, Dr. Ashton includes stories from others who have survived the death of a loved one by their own hand, showing how they survived the unthinkable and demonstrating the vital roles that conversation and community play in recovering from the suicide of a loved one. The end result is a raw and revealing exploration of a subject that’s been taboo for far too long, providing support, information, and comfort for those attempting to make sense of their loss and find a way to heal.  

©2019 Jennifer Ashton (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Phenomenal

Since having lost my brother to suicide over four years ago I’ve read almost everything available on the topic. This is the first book which I found to be a truly powerful and extremely well done resource. It’s filled with excellent advice and information. I found it inspiring and it breathed new life into my pursuit through my continued grief towards the light. I wish it had been available 4 years ago. I’m thrilled this quality is available for all survivors out there - new and old. I recommend it to anyone having lost a loved one to suicide.

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  • JC
  • 07-23-19

shameless self promotion

not helpful for someone dealing with the loss of a loved one to suicide. she is more concerned about talking about how famous she is and talk shows than giving actual helpful advice to someone dealing with a loss. no idea why it was so highly rated.

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Not a book for survivors.

This is about the author's personal experience going through the suicide of a loved one only 1.5 years after it happened. There are two things about this book I found misleading. 1. the title of Life after Suicide made me think it was about helping survivors to cope. It's not. It is about a celebrity's personal experience. 2. It is written by a doctor. This made me think it would have professional insights in healing. Unfortunately, this book it just another celebrity read presented as a resource for survivors. It is not a resource for survivors. Unless you are interested in Jennifer Ashton as a celebrity, don't waste your money.

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Heartbreakingly familiar

Although, I have seen (in reviews and online) suicide survivors who feel that Dr. Ashton's experience isn't relatable to them because of her economic status and having supports that most don't get the luxury of which is true many face serious financial struggles Along with lack a of professional help after a suicide loss. On a human level her emotional experience with suicide is SO relatable no amout of money or resources makes you immune to the pain and grief that comes in the aftermath of suicide . as a suicide survivor myself I applaud her willingness to speak out about suicide and mental illness. I would recommend the book. I truly wish dr. Ashton and her children the best on what is a difficult journey for anyone..

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Disappointing

Too much name-dropping, which was a real turn-off to me. I'm a survivor of the suicide of my son and have found more useful information in my own journey.

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Wish I had quit listening sooner...

... but kept hoping it would offer some redeeming qualities. Had hoped to feel some sort of connection but was too lost in her ego and name dropping.

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Wow

I love her honesty. It is difficult to listen to a woman who went through something similar to me but had all of the support I didn't have. It's unrealistic. I wasn't a millionaire at the time, I wasn't surrounded by friends, love, cards, gifts, etc. I didn't have therapy, or enough money to move away. I didn't have personal trainers, etc. and most people don't. I was in basic training at the Army and I had no support. My family handled it horribly. I wish I had the kind of support she had. I didn't. So it's hard to relate. Overall it's a great book and I wish it were available 5 years ago.

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Perfect

I've always adored Dr. Ashton! This book was exactly what I needed! Thank you

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Helpful

I found this book helped me look at things with a new perspective. I am glad that I heard it shortly after my brothers suicide as I feel it helped me minimize shame and blame. I am grateful the author shared her story

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excellent!!

Loved it..Love Dr Jen!!.I would love to recommend this book to all of my friends!

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  • Graham Jolly
  • 09-13-19

Not for me

The author seems more interested in dropping names and the use of the personal pronoun “I”, only to change it out for “me”.
There are much better books than this for the survivors of suicide.