Here is information on my various books, journal articles, and book chapters. To download a complete list of my publications, click here.


Click on titles for information about the three books that I have published:
Attachment Informed Grief Therapy

After Suicide Loss: Coping with your Grief

Grief after Suicide: Coping with the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors

Devastating Losses:
How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs



Titles listed in red may be downloaded.

Jordan, J. R. (2015). Grief After Suicide: The Evolution of Suicide Postvention. In J. M. Stillion & T. Attig (Eds.), Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Contemporary Perspectives, Institutions, and Practices (pp. 349 - 362). New York, NY: Springer.

Cook, F., Padgett, J. H., Jordan, J. R., Marshall, D. S., & Berkowitz, L. (2015). Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After  a Suicide: Introducing New  U.S. National Guidelines. Paper presented at the American Association of Suicidology - 48th Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA
Maple, M., Cerel, J., Jordan, J. R., & McKay, K. (2014). Uncovering and Identifying the Missing Voices in Suicide Bereavement. Suicidology Online, 5, 1-12.
Neimeyer, R. A., & Jordan, J. R. (2013). Historical and contemporary perspectives on assessment and intervention. In D. Meager, and Balk, D. (Ed.), Handbook of Thanatology (2nd ed., pp. 219-237). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

Jordan, J. R. (2013). A Personal Reflection on Bridging Research and Practice in Thanatology. Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement, 16(1), 14 - 18.

Jordan, J. R. (2012). Guided imaginal conversations with the deceased. In R. A. Neimeyer (Ed.), Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved. (pp. 262-265). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

Feigelman, W., Jordan, J.R., McIntosh, J, & Feigelman, B. (2012) Devastating losses: How parents cope with the death of a child to suicide or drugs New York, NY: Springer Publishers.

Jordan, J. R., & McIntosh, J. L. (2011) (Eds.) Grief after suicide: Understanding the consequences and caring for the survivors. New York: Routledge.

Jordan, J. R., & McIntosh, J. L.(2011)  Is Suicide Bereavement Different? Perspectives from Research and Practice. In R. A. Neimeyer, D. L. Harris, H. R. Winokuer & G. Thornton (Eds.), Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice (pp. 223-234). New York: Routledge.

Jordan, J. R. (2009) After suicide: Clinical work with survivors. Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement, 12(1), 4-9.

Feigelman, W., Jordan, J. R., & Gorman, B. S. (2009) Personal growth after suicide loss: Cross-sectional findings suggest growth after loss may be associated with better mental health among survivors. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 59(3), 181-202.

Feigelman, W., Jordan, J.R. , & Gorman, B. S. (2009) How they died, time since loss, and bereavement outcomes Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 58(4), 251-273.

Feigelman, W., Gorman, B. S., & Jordan, J. R.(2009)  Stigmatization and suicide bereavement. Death Studies, 33(7), 591-608.

Jordan, J.R. (2008) Bereavement after suicide. Psychiatric Annals, 38(10): 670-685.

Feigelman, W., Gorman, B.S., Chastain-Beal, K., & Jordan, J.R. (2008) Internet support groups for suicide survivors: A new mode for gaining bereavement assistance. Omega, 57(3): 217-243.

McMenamy, J.M., Jordan, J.R., & Mitchell, A.M. (2008) What do suicide survivors tell us they need? Results of a pilot study. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 38(4): 375-389.

Cerel, J., Jordan, J.R., & Duberstein, P.R. (2008) The impact of suicide on the family. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 29(1), 38-44.

Jordan, J.R. & Harpel, J. (2007) “Organizing and Facilitating Suicide Survivor Support Groups: A Self-Study Manual” A training manual and video for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Available at

Jordan, J.R. & Neimeyer, R.A. (2007)  “Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Assessment and Intervention” In D.Balk (Ed.) (pp. 213-226) Handbook of Thanatology. Northbrook, IL: Association for Death Education & Counseling.

Sandler, I., Balk, D., Jordan, J.R., Kennedy, C., Nadeau, J., & Shapiro, E. (2005) “Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in Bereavement: Report from The Center for the Advancement of Health.” Death Studies 29:93-122.

Kraus, D. R., Seligman, D, Jordan, J. R.. (2005) Validation Of A Behavioral Health Treatment Outcome And Assessment Tool Designed for Naturalistic Settings: The Treatment Outcome Package. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol 61(3), 285-314.

Jordan, J.R, Baker, J.B., Rosenthal, S., Matteis, M.M., & Ware, E.S. (2005) “The Grief Evaluation Measure (GEM): An Initial Validation Study” Death Studies, 29(4): 301-332.

Jordan, John R. & McMenamy, Jannette (2004) “Interventions with Suicide Survivors: A Review of the Literature” Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior 34(4): 337-349.

Jordan, J.R. & Neimeyer, R.A. (2003) “Does Grief Counseling Work?” Death Studies, 27(9): 765-786.

Baugher, Robert & Jordan, John (2002) After Suicide Loss: Coping with your Grief. Book for new suicide survivors. Available from Robert Baugher, Ph.D.,7108 127th Place, S.E., Newcastle, WA – 98056-1325 or

Neimeyer, Robert A. & Jordan, John R. (2001) “Disenfranchisement as Empathic Failure: Grief Therapy and the Co-construction of Meaning” in Kenneth Doka (Ed.) Disenfranchised Grief: New Directions, Challenges and Strategies for Practice, 2001, Champaign, IL, Research Press.

Jordan, J.R.(2001) “Is Suicide Bereavement Different?: A Reassessment of the Literature” Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 32(1): 91-102.

Jordan, J.R. (2000) “Research That Matters: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice in Thanatology”. Guest Editor, two Special Issues on the Integration of Research and Clinical Practice in Thanatology. Death Studies 24(6): 457-468.

Wolfe, B. & Jordan, J.R. (2000) “Ramblings from the Trenches: A Clinical Perspective on Thanatological Research”, Death Studies. 24(7):569-584.

Jordan, J.R. & Ware, E.W. (1997) “Feeling Like a Motherless Child: A Support Group Model for Adults Grieving the Death of a Parent” Omega: Journal of Death and Dying 35(4): 361-376.

Bradach, K.M. & Jordan, J.R.(1995) “Long-Term Effects of a Family History of Traumatic Death on Adolescent Individuation.” Death Studies, 19(4): 315-336.

Jordan, J.R.; Kraus, D. R.; & Ware, E.W. (1993) “Observations on Loss and Family Development”, Family Process, 32(4): 425-440.

Jordan, J.R.(1991-92) “Cumulative Loss, Current Stress, and the Family: A Pilot Investigation of Individual and Systemic Effects”, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 24(4): 309-332.

Jordan, J.R. (1985) “Paradox and Polarity: The Tao of Family Therapy” Family Process 24:165-174.

Jordan, J.R. (1982) “The Use of History in Family Therapy: A Brief Rejoinder to Sluzki” Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 8(4):393-398.

Jordan, John R. "International Workgroup on Death, Dying, and Bereavement."

Jordan, John R. "Whose Life is it Anyway?Tthe Matter of Assisted Suicide. A Review of 'Assisted Suicide and the Right to Die: The Interface of Social Science, Public Policy, and Medical Ethics' by Barry Rosenfeld." American Psychological Association, 2004.

Jordan, J. R. (2012). Guided imaginal conversations with the deceased. In R. A. Neimeyer (Ed.), Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved. (pp. 262-265). New York: Routledge.

Jordan, J. R. (2013). A personal reflection on bridging research and practice in thanatology. Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement, 16(1), 14 - 18.

Neimeyer, R. A., & Jordan, J. R. (2013). Historical and contemporary perspectives on assessment and intervention. In D. Meager, and Balk, D. (Ed.), Handbook of Thanatology (2nd ed., pp. 219-237). New York: Routledge.

Maple, M., Cerel, J., Jordan, J. R., & McKay, K. (2014). Uncovering and identifying the missing voices in suicide bereavement. Suicidology Online, 5, 1-12.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. (2015). Responding to Grief, Trauma, & Distress after a Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines. Washington, D.C.: National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Jordan, J. R. (2015). Grief after suicide: The evolution of suicide postvention. In J. M. Stillion & T. Attig (Eds.), Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Contemporary Perspectives, Institutions, and Practices (pp. 349 - 362). New York, NY: Springer.








The clinician's guide to foundations and applications

Kosminsky, P. S., & Jordan, J. R. (2015)
New York, NY: Routledge.


Attachment-Informed Grief Therapy bridges the fields of attachment studies and thanatology, uniting theory, research, and practice to enrich our understanding of how and why people grieve and how we can help the bereaved. In its pages, clinicians and students will gain a new understanding of the etiology of complicated grief and its treatment and will become better equipped to formulate accurate and specific case conceptualization and treatment plans. The authors also illustrate the ways in which the therapeutic relationship is a crucially important—though largely unrecognized—element in grief therapy, and offer guidelines for an attachment informed view of the therapeutic relationship that can serve as the foundation of all grief therapy.

Table of Contents
Part I: An Introduction to Attachment Theory and Research
Chapter 1: Foundational Concepts in Attachment Theory
Chapter 2: Building on the Foundation: The second wave of attachment theory and research
Chapter 3: Attachment theory in the decade of the brain
Part II: Bereavement Through the Lens of Attachment: Advances in research, theory and practice
Chapter 4: Insecure Attachment and Problematic Grief: Contemporary models and their implications for practice
Chapter 5: The Impact of the Relationship with the Deceased
Chapter 6: Trauma and the Mode of Death
Part III: Clinical Implications: Towards Attachment-Informed Grief Therapy
Chapter 7: A Model of Attachment-Informed Grief Therapy
Chapter 8: The Therapeutic Relationship: Core capacities of the attachment-informed grief therapist
Chapter 9:  Strengthening Self-capacities
Chapter 10 Meaning-Making in Adaptation to Loss

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Coping with Your Grief

Robert Baugher, PhD & John R. Jordan, PhD

After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief is a short book written specifically for the bereaved by suicide: people who are grieving the loss of someone important to them by suicide. It is organized by time: the First Few Days; the First Few Weeks; The First Few Months; the First Year and Beyond. The book also contains brief narratives from other people who have lost a loved one to suicide who offer their advice and support to the reader, and a section on supporting someone who is bereaved by suicide. Lastly, the book has valuable Appendices that include a Resource List, Suicide & Psychiatric Illness, and When to Seek Professional Help.

After Suicide Loss can be an invaluable resource for the newly bereaved. As Iris Bolton, M.A. the Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare has said:

“As a survivor of my 20 year old son’s suicide, it would be my dream that everyone who must cope with the suicide of a loved one be given this book to guide them through the trauma. It is practical and complete in helping with issues from the first days, to the first year and beyond. A must read for everyone! A gift to us all!”

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Coping with the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors

John R. Jordan, Ph.D. & John L. McIntosh, Ph.D.

There are over 30,000 suicide deaths each year in the United States alone, and the numbers in other countries suggest that suicide as a cause of death will be around for the foreseeable future. A suicide leaves behind more victims than just the individual, as family, friends, co-workers, and the community can be impacted in many different and unique ways following a suicide. And yet there are very few professional resources that provide the necessary background, research, and tools to effectively work with the survivors of a suicide.

This edited volume addresses the need for an up-to-date, professionally-oriented summary of the clinical and research literature on the impact of suicide bereavement on survivors. It is geared towards mental health professionals, grief counselors, clergy, and others who work with survivors in a professional capacity. Topics covered include the impact of suicide on survivors, interventions to provide bereavement care for survivors, examples of promising support programs for survivors, and developing a research, clinical, and programmatic agenda for survivors over the next 5 years and beyond.

Table of Contents
Cain, Foreword. Jordan, McIntosh, Introduction. Part I: The Impact of Suicide. Jordan, McIntosh, Suicide Bereavement: Why Study Survivors of Loss? Jordan, McIntosh, Is Suicide Bereavement Different? A Framework for Rethinking the Question. McIntosh, Jordan, The Impact of Suicide on Adults. Cerel, Aldrich, The Impact of Suicide on Children and Adolescents. Gutin, McGann, Jordan, The Impact of Suicide on Professional Caregivers. Part II: Helping Survivors. Jordan, Feigelman, McMenamy, Mitchell, Research on the Needs of Survivors. McGann, Gutin, Jordan, Guidelines for Postvention Care After the Suicide of a Client. Berkowitz, McCauley, Schuurman, Jordan, Organizational Postvention After Suicide Death. Jordan, Principles of Grief-counseling with Adult Survivors. Webb, Grief Counseling with Child and Adolescent Survivors of Parental Suicidal Deaths. Sands, Jordan, Neimeyer, The Meanings of Suicide: A Narrative Approach to Healing. Jordan, Group Work with Suicide Survivors. Kaslow, Samples, Rhodes, Gantt, A Family Oriented and Culturally Sensitive Postvention Approach with Suicide Survivors. Part III: Promising Programs of Support for Survivors. US Programs. Campbell, Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center's LOSS Team Active Postvention (APM) Approach. Marshall, Bolton, The Link Counseling Center and the Link's National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare. Hurtig, Bullitt, Kates, Samaritans Grief Support Services. Archibald, Heartbeat Survivors After Suicide, Inc. Koenig, Friends for Survival. Morris, Farberow, Hirsch, Community Mental Health Center's Survivors After Suicide Programs (SAS). Schwartz, The Retrospective Profile and the Facilitated Family Retreat. Beal, Parents of Suicides: E-mail Support Group. Rubey, Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide Program (LOSS): A Postvention Service for Survivors of Suicide. Mitchell, Wesner, A Bereavement Crisis Debriefing Intervention for Survivors After a Suicide. Harrington-Lamorie, Ruocco, The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Linn-Gust, American Association of Suicidology and Survivors of Suicide Loss. Harpel, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Survivor Initiatives. International Programs. Chow, Yip, Grief After Suicide: A Hong Kong Chinese Perspective. Bycroft, Fisher, Beaton, International Perspectives on Suicide Bereavement: The Australian Example. Dyregrov, International Perspectives on Suicide Bereavement: Suicide Survivors and Postvention in Norway. Grad, International Perspectives on Suicide Bereavement: Slovenia. Agee, A New Zealand Perspective on Suicide Bereavement. Andriessen, Survivors After Suicide: A Comprehensive Suicide Survivor Program in Flanders, Belgium. Part IV: Conclusions. McIntosh, Jordan, Going Forward: A Research Agenda for Suicide Survivor Studies. Jordan, McIntosh, Bolton, Campbell, Harpel, Linn-Gust, A Call to Action: Building Clinical and Programmatic Support for Suicide Survivors.


"Death by suicide is a manifold catastrophe, as the bereaved can attest. The experience of those bereaved by suicide cries out for more attention, both from research and from clinical perspectives. In this volume led by Drs. Jordan and McIntosh, this call is answered, with rigor, compassion, and wisdom, and from essential perspectives ranging from the international, to the impact on youth, to the impact on caregivers." - Thomas Joiner, PhD, The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Florida State University

"In this book, John Jordan and John McIntosh offer clinicians a resource of great value.While the field often offers lip service to the phrase "evidence-based", Jordan and McIntosh deliver a work that integrates theory, research, and sound clinical acumen. This book will become the essential resource for understanding suicide and assisting survivors of all ages in coping with the aftermath." - Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, Professor, The College of New Rochelle; Senior Consultant, The Hospice Foundation of America
"This book is a cornucopia of rigorous scholarship and practical clinical guidance on bereavement and grief after suicide. The authors’ incisive writing styles are engaging and their chapters unfold as a coherent narrative of the complex aftermath of suicide. This comprehensive text will stimulate the theoretician, enlighten the empirical researcher, and enliven the clinician." - Ted Rynearson, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington; Medical Director, Virginia Mason Separation & Loss Service, Seattle, Washington

"This much needed volume is a ‘tour de force’ in suicide bereavement! The editors have assembled world experts whose review of the published literature is encyclopedic in breadth yet manageable and illuminating for the reader. Their up-to-date descriptions of established US and international support programs are invaluable as are their incisive directives for future research and individual and programmatic resources for survivors." - Michael F Myers, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Co-Author (with Carla Fine), Touched By Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss

"The publication of this comprehensive book is a recognition that the long-neglected field of bereavement after suicide has reached a level of sophisticated evidence, experience and expertise. The book successfully assembles and draws together the various themes and threads relating to the nature and course of grief after suicide, and the array of options for providing support to those bereaved by suicide." - Annette Beautrais PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Yale University School of Medicine; Professor, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand

"People undoubtedly have been taking their lives since the dawn of mankind, yet our understanding of the trauma suicide has on those intimately and directly affected has received scant scholarly attention and, at that, only in the last half century. This book represents a sea change in that history. Jordan and McIntosh bring years of compassion and scholarship to the topic and offer us both fresh perspective and a challenge to move toward a more meaningful clinical and research understanding of this long-neglected experience. This is a pioneering effort and a most significant piece of scholarship." - Lanny Berman, PhD, ABPP, Executive Director, American Association of Suicidology

"…a MUST book to read and keep in your professional library…this book is a rich bearer of resource information that will serve you well… It is academic, clinical, resourceful and personal…Nothing would distract me from recommending this book. I believe it will set a new standard for understanding, comfort, and restoration…The book is excellent, a must for your library, and it does a superb job of advocating for the mourner." - Richard B. Gilbert, Ph.d., in Illness, Crisis & Loss



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How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs

William Feigelman, Ph.D., John R. Jordan, Ph.D.,
John L. McIntosh, Ph.D., & Beverly Feigelman, LICSW

New York, NY: Springer - 2012

This forthcoming book is based on the largest study of suicide survivor parents ever conducted (575 individuals). In addition to a large sample of parents bereaved by the suicide of a child, the study also collected data on parents who have lost a child to drug-overdose (non-suicide), accidents, and natural causes, allowing for ground-breaking comparisons of the impact of different types of losses. By also including a range of parents from the very recently bereaved to those who were 10 or more years after their loss, the book also allows a cross-sectional look at the “trajectory” of parental bereavement over time. The book includes chapters on the role of stigma in grief, utilization of various support resources (including support groups), the marital impact of traumatic child loss, post traumatic growth, and other important topics that have been poorly studied in large samples up until now. Written in part by a couple (Bill & Beverly Feigelman) who lost their only son to suicide, Devastating Losses is also filled with the stories and vignettes of real bereaved parents who shared their painful journey with the researchers. It will be of help to clinicians, researchers, and bereaved parents alike.

Pre-Publication Reviews:

“Grounded equally in solid clinical practice and uniquely relevant research, and tragically leavened by the personal bereavement of two of the book's authors, Devastating Losses sheds new and compassionate light on the experience of a child's death to traumatic causes.  Readers will find in these pages the stories of many who have suffered the unspeakable death of a son or daughter to suicide, drug overdose, or fatal accident, and who have struggled with and often surmounted the subsequent symptoms and stigmatization with the help of family, peer support, online communities and sometimes professional help.  This book is for all parents who experience the tragedy of sudden bereavement, and all those who try to help them, as they reach through suffering to survivorship, and from grief to growth in the journey.”

--Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, Editor of the journal Death Studies, Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved and Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice

“This volume is a pioneering and long overdue work, a study not only of grieving parents who lost a child to suicide but also of parents whose children succumbed to drug overdoses. The authors have done a masterful job of blending their quantitative research findings and the anguished voices of parents attending survivor support groups to create a rich and very engaging book. Their scope is huge as they discuss the unique characteristics of traumatic loss, how stigma affects grief and healing, the impact of multiple losses, early and later years after losing a child, the essentials of bereavement support groups (including internet groups), post traumatic growth and resilience, gender differences in grieving parents and how losing a child affects marital function and continuance. Clinicians who read “Devastating Losses” will come away with enhanced empathy, essential new insights and a skill set that will give sustenance and hope to these shell-shocked yet courageous parents on a bumpy journey of recovery and repair, a journey they never asked for.”

Michael F Myers, MD Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY and Author (with Carla Fine) of Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing after Loss

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