Bell , Jo, Stanley , Nicky , Mallon , Sharon and Manthorpe , Jill
Life Will Never be The Same Again: Examining Grief in Survivors Bereaved by Young Suicide.
Illness, Crisis and Loss , 20
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.2190/IL.20.1.e
This article explores existing assumptions about the nature of bereavement by suicide. Drawing on data from a U. K. study of student suicide, we hope to contribute to a fuller understanding of the uniqueness of bereavement by suicide and new pathways for grief research. In this article we argue that bereavement by suicide has a number of common themes and characteristics. Analyzed in accordance with Jordan's (2001) review, our data supports the idea that the thematic content of the grief associated with suicide bereavement is distinctive and guilt is a particularly important feature. We argue that no other type of death is likely to bestow this particular negative emotion on survivors in equivalent measure. Findings on the impact of social processes and family systems were mixed. Explanations to account for these data along with recommendations for intervention and research are discussed.
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