chapter  23
A Bereavement Crisis Debriefing Intervention for Survivors After a Suicide
WithAnn M. Mitchell, Susan Wesner
Pages 6

The suicide of a family member or signifi cant other is one of the most stressful life events with which a person may have to cope. For survivors who must cope with this type of loss, the death may be a critical incident that affects their functional ability, making suicide a signifi cant public health problem. After working for a number of years with suicide survivors and observing the length of time it takes many survivors to come to terms with a death by suicide, we saw a pressing need to determine effective ways to help meet the needs of survivors early on in their bereavement process. As a result, we implemented a Bereavement Crisis Debriefi ng Intervention for Survivors after a Suicide within 1 month of the death of a signifi cant other.