here are over 38,000 suicide deaths each year in the United States alone, and the numbers in other countries suggest that suicide is a major public health problem around the world. A suicide leaves behind more victims than just the individual, as family, friends, co-workers, and the community can be impacted in many different and unique ways following a suicide.  And yet there are very few professional resources that provide the necessary background, research, and tools to effectively work with the survivors of a suicide.

This edited volume addresses the need for an up-to-date, professionally-oriented summary of the clinical and research literature on the impact of suicide bereavement on survivors. It is geared towards mental health professionals, grief counselors, clergy, and others who work with survivors in a professional capacity. Topics covered include the impact of suicide on survivors, interventions to provide bereavement care for survivors, examples of promising support programs for survivors, and developing a research, clinical, and programmatic agenda for survivors over the next 5 years and beyond.

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SECTION 1 The Impact of Suicide

chapter 1|16 pages

Suicide Bereavement: Why Study Survivors of Suicide Loss?

ByJohn R. Jordan, John L. McIntosh

chapter 2|24 pages

Is Suicide Bereavement Different? A Framework for Rethinking the Question

ByJohn R. Jordan, John L. McIntosh

chapter 3|38 pages

The Impact of Suicide on Adults

ByJohn L. McIntosh, John R. Jordan

chapter 4|12 pages

The Impact of Suicide on Children and Adolescents

ByJulie Cerel, Rosalie S. Aldrich

chapter 5|20 pages

The Impact of Suicide on Professional Caregivers

ByNina Gutin, Vanessa L. McGann, John R. Jordan

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SECTION 2 Helping Survivors

chapter 6|18 pages

Research on the Needs of Survivors

ByJohn R. Jordan, William Feigelman, Jannette McMenamy, Ann M. Mitchell

chapter 7|24 pages

Guidelines for Postvention Care With Survivor Families After the Suicide of a Client

ByVanessa L. McGann, Nina Gutin, John R. Jordan

chapter 8|22 pages

Organizational Postvention After Suicide Death

ByLawrence Berkowitz, James McCauley, Donna L. Schuurman, John R. Jordan

chapter 9|46 pages

Principles of Grief Counseling With Adult Survivors

ByJohn R. Jordan

chapter 11|34 pages

The Meanings of Suicide: A Narrative Approach to Healing

ByDiana C. Sands, John R. Jordan, Robert A. Neimeyer

chapter 12|18 pages

Group Work With Suicide Survivors

ByJohn R. Jordan

chapter 13|24 pages

A Family-Oriented and Culturally Sensitive Postvention Approach With Suicide Survivors

ByNadine J. Kaslow, Tara C. Samples, Miesha Rhodes, Stephanie Gantt

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SECTION 3 Promising Programs of Support for Survivors

chapter 16|8 pages

Samaritans Grief Support Services

ByRoberta Hurtig, Emily Bullitt, Kim Kates

chapter 17|8 pages

HEARTBEAT Survivors After Suicide, Inc

ByLaRita Archibald

chapter 18|6 pages

Friends for Survival

ByMarilyn Koenig

chapter 19|8 pages

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Survivors After Suicide Program (SAS)

ByLyn Morris, Norman L. Farberow

chapter 20|10 pages

The Retrospective Profile and the Facilitated Family Retreat

ByMadelyn Schwartz

chapter 21|8 pages

Parents of Suicides–Friends & Families of Suicides Internet Community

ByKaryl Chastain Beal

chapter 23|6 pages

A Bereavement Crisis Debriefing Intervention for Survivors After a Suicide

ByAnn M. Mitchell, Susan Wesner

chapter 24|10 pages

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

ByJill Harrington-LaMorie and Kim Ruocco

chapter 25|4 pages

American Association of Suicidology and Survivors of Suicide Loss

ByMichelle Linn-Gust

chapter 26|8 pages

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Survivor Initiatives

ByJoanne L. Harpel

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SECTION 4 Promising Programs of Support for Survivors: International Programs

chapter 27|12 pages

Grief After Suicide: A Hong Kong Chinese Perspective

ByAmy Chow, Paul Yip

chapter 28|28 pages

International Perspectives on Suicide Bereavement—The Australian Example

ByPeter Bycroft, Jill Fisher, Susan Beaton

chapter 30|10 pages

International Perspectives on Suicide Bereavement—Slovenia

ByOnja Grad

chapter 31|8 pages

A New Zealand Perspective on Suicide Bereavement

ByMargaret Nelson Agee

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SECTION 5 Conclusions

chapter 33|16 pages

Going Forward: A Research Agenda for Suicide Survivors

ByJohn L. McIntosh, John R. Jordan

chapter 34|12 pages

A Call to Action: Building Clinical and Programmatic Support for Suicide Survivors

ByJohn R. Jordan, John L. McIntosh, Iris M. Bolton, Frank R. Campbell, Joanne L. Harpel, Michelle Linn-Gust