Bereavement after suicide--how far have we come and where do we go from here?

Crisis. 2001;22(3):102-8. doi: 10.1027//0227-5910.22.3.102.


This paper identifies major issues faced by the bereaved, the community, and the helping professions after a suicide. Some significant milestones in knowledge and service provision that have been achieved so far are discussed. It considers how past research in the fields of suicide postvention and general bereavement have developed new variables and frameworks with which to find a way forward in understanding this neglected field. The new standards of care and public policy are described that are anticipated in the light of these insights.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Bereavement*
  • Death
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Public Policy
  • Research / trends
  • Suicide / psychology*
  • Suicide Prevention