John R. Jordan, Ph.D., FT


John (Jack) Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Wellesley, MA, and Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A., where he specializes in working with loss and bereavement. He was also the Founder and the Director until 2007 of the Family Loss Project, a research and clinical practice providing services for bereaved families. He has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other losses for more than 35 years. As a Fellow in Thanatology from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), Jack maintains an active practice in grief counseling for individuals and couples. He has run support groups for bereaved parents, young widows & widowers, and suicide survivors, with the latter running for over 13 years.

Jack is the Clinical Consultant for Grief Support Services of the Samaritans inBoston, where he is helping to develop innovative outreach and support programs for suicide survivors. In 2011, Jack was the co-recipient with Kim Kates of the Leaders in Suicide Prevention Award from the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention for his work with the Grief Support Services at the Samaritans. Jack is also the Professional Advisor to the Survivor Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and a former Board member of AFSP (New England Affiliate) and ADEC. In 2006 Jack was invited to become a member of the International Workgroup on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, and was the recipient of the ADEC 2006 Research Recognition Award. Jack has also been involved in several research projects on the needs of people grieving after a suicide, and in 2004 received research funding from AFSP.

For over 30 years, Jack has provided training nationally and internationally for therapists, healthcare professionals, and clergy through PESI Healthcare/CMI Education, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and as an independent speaker. He has also helped to organize and lead many healing workshops for suicide survivors. Jack has published over 40 clinical and research articles, chapters, and full books in the areas of bereavement after suicide, support group models, the integration of research and practice in thanatology, and loss in family and larger social systems. He has published in professional journals such as Omega, Death Studies, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Psychiatric Annals, Crisis, Grief Matters,and Family Process. He is the co-author, with Bob Baugher, of After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief, a self-published book on suicide bereavement for surviving friends and family. He is the co-editor, with John McIntosh, of the bookGrief After Suicide: Coping with the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors (Routledge, 2011), a professional book on the impact of suicide and interventions to help suicide survivors. He is also the co-author with William Feigelman, John McIntosh, and Beverly Feigelman, of Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs (Springer, 2012).