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Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide

Topics: Depression, Suicide, Emotional Health

Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide
by Christopher Lukas

Lukas and Seidena television writer/producer (and suicide survivor) and a clinical psychologist show how the emotional aftermath of suicide differs from that of normal bereavement not only in duration but because of the hidden implication of responsibility and higher risk of suicide for those relatives left behind. Lay helpers will find useful the discussion of rules for listening and refocusing and the comments about prevention of romanticization and contagion among adolescent survivor peer groups. A sensible popular manual on “postvention” of suicide and the dangers of unspoken sorrow and anger, with a useful appendix on self-help and mutual-support groups.

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