A Special Scar: The Experiences of People Bereaved by Suicide

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Subject index

a
abandonment, feelings of 118 , 120
acceptance, of suicide 74 -5, 167 , 168 -70, 198
'accidental death' 5 , 76 , 86
'acting out' 219
adolescents 101 , 112 , 113 ;
see also teenagers
affluence, and suicide rates 4
age-related issues:
attitudes to suicide 14 ;
suicide rates 6 - 7
aggression 218 , 234
alcohol consumption 165
alcoholism 106 -7
altruistic suicide xii
ambiguous nature of suicide 21
ambivalence, in the behaviour of survivors 127 -8, 220
ambulance staff 45 -6
Andrew 54 -5, 123 , 160 , 175
anger:
expressed through suicide notes 73 , 74 ;
suicides carried out in 176 ;
suppressed 155 , 233 -4;
survivor's 103 , 112 , 154 -6, 200 -1, 231 , 233 -5;
women's difficulties in expression 112
Angie 203
Anita 200
Ann 40 , 67 , 107 , 112 , 163
anniversaries 41 , 175 -6, 233
anti-suicide legislation 12 - 13
attitudes towards suicide 11 - 14 , 29 ;
current 13 - 14 ;
historical 3 ;
and legislation 12 - 13 ;
religious 11 - 12
Australia 23 , 189 , 205
Austria 13
avoidance strategies 130 -2, 220 -1

b
belonging, sense of 197
bereavement by suicide xi , xii , xiv - xv , xvi , 17 - 18 , 21 -5;
aids for 134 -5;
emotions of 4 , 149 -65;
facing as a family 95 -6;
facing the outside world 124 -35;
features of 25 - 32 ;
negative effects on coping ability 24 ;
norms of 31 , 125 -6;
recovery from 31 -2, 147 -8, 166 -78, 235 -6;
and risk of suicide 21 -2, 106 -7, 119 , 157 , 162 -4, 232 -4;
seeking support for 136 -48;
shame of 133 -4;
social support for 124 -5;
vulnerability of 'survivors' 24 -5;
see also grief
bereavement counselling 139 , 140 , 143 , 192 -3, 216
bereavement organisations 188 , 189 , 239 -43
Betty 40 , 60 , 104 , 128
bitterness 155
blame:
emergence at funerals 94 ;
of GPs 142 ;
within the family 29 , 103 -5;
see also self-blame
blunting (numbness) 42 -3, 152 , 166 -7, 168
bodies:
fantasies about the state of 49 ;
finding 39 - 40 , 98 , 116 , 117 ;
holding for the last time 48 -9;
incorrect arrangement of 50 -1;
removal from site of death 186 ;
viewing 26 , 42 , 48 - 52 , 137 -8, 185 ;
when there are no recognisable remains 51
boundaries 229
breaking the news 39 - 42 , 126 -9
Brian 51 ;
on the events leading up to death 60 ;
on facing the feelings 152 , 158 , 162 ;
on facing suicide as a family 99 ;
on facing the world 127 ;
on the impact of spouse suicide 120 ;
on inquests 82 , 84 ;
on recovery 166 -7, 171 , 173 , 175 ;
on support 140 , 143 , 147 ;
on understanding suicide 73
Bridget 55 , 60 , 85 , 88 -9, 107 , 158 -9
Britain see United Kingdom
Buddhism 12

c
Canada 189 , 192
car accidents 5
career changes 171 -2
carers:
children as 118 -19;
strains on 58 -9
Carol 45 ;
on the events leading up to death 57 ;
on facing the feelings 152 , 153 , 155 ;
on facing suicide as a family 95 , 98 ;

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