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date: 03 December 2022

Survivors of Suicide, Those Left Behind When Someone Dies by Suicidelocked

Survivors of Suicide, Those Left Behind When Someone Dies by Suicidelocked

  • Julie CerelJulie CerelDr. Julie Cerel is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on suicide bereavement and suicide prevention.
  •  and Myfanwy MapleMyfanwy MapleDr. Myfanwy Maple is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of New England. Her research focuses on suicide bereavement and postvention, and community-based solutions to suicide risk among vulnerable groups.

Summary

Suicide is a more prevalent cause of death in many countries than automobile accidents, homicide, and breast cancer. Despite this, the experience of people left behind after a suicide is not well understood. This entry provides a sociohistorical overview of suicide to place suicide death in a relevant cultural context, explores the bereavement experiences of those grieving a loss to suicide, and presents the debate about similarities and differences regarding suicide bereavement in relation to other forms of traumatic death. In addition, this entry examines the role of social workers in working with people bereaved by suicide.

Subjects

  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Mental and Behavioral Health

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