After the Suicide: Helping the Bereaved to Find a Path from Grief to Recovery

After the Suicide: Helping the Bereaved to Find a Path from Grief to Recovery


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*Highly Commended in the Health and Social Care category at the 2012 British Medical Association Book Awards*

Those left behind in the wake of suicide are often plagued by unanswered questions and feelings of guilt. Helping them to understand why the suicide happened, how suicide survivors commonly react and cope, and where they can find support can help them move forwards on their path from grief to recovery.

Drawing on the testimonies of suicide survivors and research into suicide bereavement, this book provides those working with the bereaved with the knowledge and guidance they need. It covers common grief and crisis reactions, including those specific to children and young people, how suicide bereavement differs from other forms of bereavement, and how others have coped and been supported. It also addresses how the bereaved can move on, including advice on support networks including friends, family, professionals and other bereaved people.

This book will be invaluable to all those supporting those who have been bereaved by suicide, including counsellors, bereavement support workers, social workers, and psychologists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849052115
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kari Dyregrov is Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, and Research Director at the Center for Crisis Psychology, Bergen, Norway. She is a suicidologist and grief researcher, and she established the Norwegian Organisation for Suicide Survivors (LEVE) in 1999. Einar Plyhn is Publisher at Abstrakt Forlag, Norway. He has personal experience of suicide bereavement. Gudrun Dieserud is Department Director, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway, and is a qualified suicidologist and clinical psychologist.

Table of Contents

Foreword John R. Jordan 7

Preface 10

To the Reader 11

1 Suicide and the Bereaved 13

2 Suicide Around the World 20

3 After the Suicide 27

4 Common Grief and Crisis Reactions 36

5 The Unique Aspects of Reactions to Suicide 52

6 Children and Young People Bereaved by Suicide 61

7 Coping on the Road Ahead 77

8 Support from Social Networks 96

9 Support from Other Bereaved: Peer Support 114

10 The Role of Professionals 127

11 Grief, Growth and Development 149

12 Why Suicide? 163

Useful Resources 175

Endnotes 178

Index 189

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