Nearly fifty million people have tattoos in the United States, and that number is growing. In the past decade there has been a significant rise in memorial tattoos–those in which the tattoo serves to highlight the loss of a child, a spouse, a lover, a parent, a friend or pet. GriefINK: Tattoo as the language of Grief, is a collection of grief stories and powerful photographs of memorial tattoos which highlight the continued bond that people share with loved ones well after death.
The featured participants–fathers, mothers, granddaughters, grandmothers, peace officers, and military personnel–share their losses, decision-making process to receive a memorial tattoo, and the impact that the finished tattoo has had upon their lives. By wearing an outer expression of their inner loss, these individuals show how memorial tattoos do not merely punctuate the death of someone, but rather, invite others into the living world of relationship. Using her education and experience as a therapist, grief specialist, and writer, Susan Salluce, MA, CT, offers the bereaved, the tattoo industry, and professionals in the helping fields a cutting-edge view of memorialized loss. Matt Molinari’s exceptional photographs will appeal to photographer enthusiasts who seek to capture not simply an image, but the emotion and story behind the picture.
Susan Salluce, MA, CT, holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Thanatologist–a death, dying, and bereavement specialist. Her recent book, GriefINK: Tattoo as the Language of Grief, is a narrative and pictorial book about the outward expression of tattoo as the inner process of grief that gives voice to loss, continuing bonds with the deceased, and comfort to the living.
In addition to GriefINK, Susan is the best-selling author of psychological thriller, Out of Breath, available on all E-readers. Out of Breath has sold over 35,000 copies, placed in the top three of the South West Writer’s competition for Mainstream/Literary novel, and is an Amazon Kindle Top 100 book in Psychological Thrillers. Out of Breath was translated into German–titled Himmelstranen–where it remains as a Top 100 Kindle EU Psychothriller.
Susan is a contributing author to Pathways to Purpose and Hope: A Guide for Creating a Sustainable Grief Support Organization for Families and Friends After a Suicide Death.
She continues to contribute to the field of bereavement through her writing, and consultant work, and is a former facilitator for Friends for Survival, a non-profit dedicated to those affected by a suicide death.
She is currently at work on a historical fiction novel based on the life a Vietnamese nail artist who fled Vietnam after the fall of Saigon.
When Susan is not writing, you can find her either in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s or on the beaches of Aptos, Ca with her family.