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Bereavement after suicide 

Bereavement after suicide
Bereavement after suicide
Suicide Prevention (Oxford Psychiatry Library) (2 edn)

Robert D. Goldney


There are qualitative differences in grief themes in those bereaved through suicide compared with those arising from death by other causes. Themes include shock; disbelief; horror; how? why? guilt and blame; relief vs. family disaster; rejection; stigma, shame and social isolation; a wasted life; suicidal thoughts and fear of another suicide; and anger. Practical issues include viewing the body and having sensitive funeral arrangements. Therapists are vulnerable to similar feelings in addition to concerns about their professional competence.

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