Eric Marcus

Senior Director for Loss and Bereavement Programs

Eric Marcus

Photo Credit: Dixie Sheridan

Best-selling author and survivor of suicide loss, Eric Marcus was an AFSP national board member and chair of the Loss & Bereavement Council before joining AFSP National’s staff in 2014 to lead the re-launch of the Loss & Bereavement department. In addition to revamping resources for survivors, he and his team have overhauled the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day program and produced The Journey, the first in a series of powerful documentaries on surviving suicide loss.

Marcus lost his father to suicide in 1970, and his sister-in-law to suicide in 2008. Both of these experiences inspired him to write a book, Why Suicide? His other eleven books include: What If? Answers to Questions About What It Means to Be Gay and Lesbian; and Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times best-selling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, New York Daily News, and the New York Post.

Marcus is a graduate of New York City public schools, after which he attended Vassar College and later earned master’s degrees from both the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.