Suicide survivor

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This article is about relatives of suicide victims. For people who have survived their own suicide attempts, see failed suicide attempt.

A suicide survivor or survivor of suicide is one of the family and friends of someone who has died by suicide.[1]

Given the social stigma associated with suicide, suicide survivors are often unable to cope with their loss and grief using normal support systems, and are "forced into a privatized and individualistic mode of grieving," making the healing process even more difficult.[2]

Estimates are that for every suicide, "there are seven to ten people intimately affected".[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clifton D. Bryant, ed. (2003). Handbook of Death & Dying. 1: The Presence of Death. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc. p. 345. ISBN 0-7619-2514-7. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Pisón, Ramón Martínez de (2006). Death by despair: shame and suicide. Peter Lang. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-8204-6382-7. 
  3. ^ Lukas, p. 5

Further reading[edit]

  • Alexander, Victoria (1991). Living in the Wake of Suicide: Stories of the People Left Behind. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. p. 238. ISBN 0-7879-4052-6. 
  • Fine, Carla (1997, 1999). No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One. Random House. p. 272. ISBN 978-0-385-48551-7. 
  • John R. Jordan and John L. McIntosh, ed. (2010). Grief After Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors. Series in death, dying, and bereavement. Taylor & Francis. p. 544. ISBN 978-0-415-99355-5. 
  • Lukas, Christopher; Henry M. Seiden (1987, 1997). Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide. Northvale, New Jersey: Jaron Aronson. p. 252. ISBN 0-7657-0056-5. 
  • Ross, E. Betsy (1997). Life After Suicide: A Ray of Hope for Those Left Behind. New York: Insight Books. p. 301. ISBN 0-306-45630-3.