Book Chapter

Surviving the Legacy of Suicide

OT Grad, K Andriessen

The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Second Edition | Published : 2016

Abstract

Through the history of society, suicide remains an enigmatic act that ends the pain of one but brings new pain to those left behind. For various reasons, those bereaved by suicide are at increased risk of developing suicidal behavior themselves, either as a result of biopsy-chosocial vulnerability or because of identification with someone close who has died by suicide. When it became clear that suicide usually provokes many problems in the close and wider social environment, there were many ambiguities about the terms suicide survivor, grief, bereavement, and mourning-indeed, consensus definitions were absent. Despite common feelings experienced by many bereaved individuals, the process of b..

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