Giggle On is dedicated to my laughter loving friends Jim Thompson and Jim Sims both died by suicide. Until we meet again…

Socrates once said, “The comic and the tragic lie inseparable close, like light and shadow.” The Two Jims embodied light and dark, as do we all. With the darkness comes light. With light we Giggle On!

Aside from my love of encouraging people to laugh,  Giggle On was created as a way for me to talk about my experience with depression, mental illness and the aftermath of suicide. I learned a lot shedding buckets of tears.

I am not a mental health professional nor do I provide counseling services. I am simply doing my part to raise awareness about issues that touched my life.

Giggle On Survivor of Suicide Q&A Series

Survivor Q & A: Annie DiMattia

Survivor Q & A: Jayla Boire

Survivor Q & A: Kelli Karlton

Survivor Q & A: Erica Volkman

Survivor Q & A: Dempsey Rice

Survivor Q & A: Laura Velez

Survivor Q & A: Gretchen Kubacky

Survivor Q & A: Karal Gregory

If you are a survivor of suicide loss and would like to participate in the Survivor Series, please email me at christa at giggle on dot com.

Christa's Recommended Reading List
These are some of the books I read immediately after Jim Thompson’s suicide and in the years afterward. This is not a complete list because I have given books away over the years to other survivors as needed. In addition to these books, I also spent hundreds of hours online reading other resources like websites, blogs, articles and academic papers.

My Son…My Son: A Guide to Healing After Death, Loss, or Suicide by Iris Bolton

A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide Loss by Jeffrey Jackson
Easing Transitions through Humor  by Dr. Clifford Kuhn

Laugh for No Reason by Dr. Madan Kataria

The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way  by Dr. Wayne Dyer

After Life: Answers from the Other Side by John Edward

Conversations with the Spirit World: Souls who have ended their lives speak from above by Lisa Moskowitz-Mateu

After-Death Communication by Emma Heathcote-James

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1 (Vol 3) by Neale Donald Walsch

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentis

The Healing Power of Humor by Allen Klein

Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor by Rev. Susan Sparks

Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying: Embracing Life After Loss by Allen Klein

The Happiness Equation: 100 Factors That Can Add To or Subtract From Your Happiness by Bridget Grenville-Cleave and Ilona Boniwell, Ph.D. with Trine D. Tessine, Ph.D.

Smile for No Good Reason by Dr. Lee Jampolsky

The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.

Using Humor to Maximize Living: Connecting With Humor by Mary Kay Morrison

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Humor: The Lighter Path to Resilience and Health by Paul McGhee, Ph.D.

This Is Your Brain on Joy: A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth by Dr. Earl Henslin

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Happy Yoga: 7 Reasons Why There’s Nothing to Worry About by Steve Ross

Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient: Reflections on Healing and Regeneration by Norman Cousins

Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham

Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way: Creating Happiness with Meditation, Yoga, and Ayurveda by Nancy Liebler, Pd.D., and Sandra Moss, M.S.P.H.

Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing  by Tim McCall, M.D.

Lessons from the Light: Extraordinary Messages of Comfort and Hope from the Other Side by George Anderson

The Afterlife Experiments: Breakthrough Scientific Evidence of Life After Death by Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Michael Newton, Ph.D.

Books for Children & Teens (Suggestions by Gilly Cannon)

After a Suicide: An Activity Book for Grieving Kids The Dougy Center

Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love by Earl Grollman


Remember Them


* If you have mental health/grief/suicide related resources you’d like me to consider adding to this page, please CONTACT ME HERE.

Disclaimer:  Christa Scalies is not a psychiatrist or a therapist. If you or your loved one is in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.

If you or someone you know is in a suicidal crisis, requires information about mental health resources or any other crisis situation, call the trained staff at  1-800-273-TALK (8255).

You can view a list of suicide prevention hotlines in other countries by visiting

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