The experience of life and completion of suicide

Background: Over the last century the medical view of suicide (that it is always or almost always the result of a mental disorder) has prevailed. It has been refuted but it persists. We are of the view that a more realistic path to suicide can be characterized by three components 1) people may find life […]

Children’s understanding of death: From biology to religion

Young children construct a biological conception of death, recognizing that death terminates mental and bodily processes. Despite this recognition, many children are receptive to an alternative conception of death, which affirms that the deceased has an afterlife elsewhere. A plausible interpretation of children’s receptivity to this alternative conception is that human beings, including young children, […]

Sources of children’s knowledge about death and dying

In the last century, decreases in infant and child mortality, urbanization and increases in healthcare efficacy have reduced children’s personal exposure to death and dying. So how do children acquire accurate conceptions of death in this context? In this paper, we discuss three sources of children’s learning about death and dying, namely, direct experience of […]

Children’s emerging understanding of death

Children’s understanding of death has been a topic of interest to researchers investigating the development of children’s thinking and clinicians focusing on how children cope with the death of a loved one. Traditionally, researchers in cognitive development have studied death from a biological perspective. Current research suggests that exploring religious and spiritual conceptualizations might enrich […]

Representing suicide: Giving voice to a desire to die?

Drawing on interview and online ethnographic data from a study of suicide on the railways, this paper describes the ways in which many of the concepts, assumptions and practices of mainstream suicide prevention are challenged in the accounts of those who are planning, or have enacted, a suicide attempt. We reflect on the ethical dilemmas […]

Suicide-memes as exemplars of the everyday inauthentic relationship with death

Depictions of death in media produced for young audiences are not limited to melodramas or action films; there are frequent depictions of death in new media, often produced not only for, but also by, young adults. Despite the fact that new media in general, and memes in particular, are standard means of communication and expression […]

Neoliberalism, individual responsibilization and the death positivity movement

In this article I offer a critical analysis of the loosely defined death positivity movement. Death positivity presents itself as oppositional and liberating, gaining legitimacy by reference to the narratives of death taboo and death denial. I show how the movement encourages extending continuous, self-reflexive engagement in identity and lifestyle to dying and death, arguing […]

Examining whether South Korean and Japanese views of suicide and death help to better understand their contrasting suicide patterns

Based on two independent surveys of South Korean (n=1,599) and Japanese adults (n=1,490) views of suicide and death this analysis found South Koreans more stress-prone and more accepting of suicide than the Japanese, patterns convergent with their overall differences in societal suicide rates. Multiple regression analysis findings suggested that a substantial proportion of the variations […]

Long-term trends in deaths of despair

Anne Case and Angus Deaton famously chronicled a dramatic rise among middleaged non-Hispanic whites since 1999 in “deaths of despair”—deaths by suicide, drug and alcohol poisoning, and alcoholic liver disease and cirrhosis.1 The Social Capital Project has extended Case and Deaton’s research to cover the full American population as far back as available data permit: […]

Can suicide be a good death?

The issue of whether suicide can be a good death was separated into two different questions: (1) can suicide be an appropriate death, and (2) can suicide be a rational death? Several definitions of an “appropriate” death were proposed, and suicide was seen as potentially appropriate. Similarly, several criteria for rationality were proposed and suicide […]

Fixin’ to die: A compassionate guide to committing suicide or staying alive.

We all have to die. Most would prefer to die in their sleep, quickly and without pain. Many of us will not. In “Fixin’ to Die”, author David Lester submits that a decision to commit suicide is highly personal and not to be enforced by others, whether psychiatrist, psychologist, law-maker, clergy, friend, or relative. He […]

The meaning of death.

‘The meaning of death’ is a collection of essays on various aspects of death from various perspectives by acclaimed contributors including psychologists, psychiatrists, philosophers, anthropologists, health practioners, artists and sociologists. This book serves the purpose of a worthwhile introductory text for a beginner, since it covers most ground & equips the reader with tools to […]

Cartoons kill: Casualties in animated recreational theater in an objective observational new study of kids’ introduction to loss of life.

To assess the risk of on-screen death of important characters in childrenÕs animated films versus dramatic films for adults. Important characters in childrenÕs animated films were at an increased risk of death compared with characters in dramatic films for adults (hazard ratio 2.52, 95% confidence interval 1.30 to 4.90). Risk of on-screen murder of important […]

I wasn’t ready to say goodbye: Surviving, coping & healing after the sudden death of a loved one.Rev. ed.

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When dinosaurs die: a guide to understanding death.

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Journey to the spirit world by suicide: suicide in Indian country.

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Dying, death, and grief in an online universe for counselors and educators.

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Thoughts of Death and Suicide in Early Adolescence

The prevalence & persistence of thoughts of death & suicide during early adolescence were estimated in a community-based cohort. A latent class approach was used to identify distinct subgroups based on endorsements to depression items administered repeatedly over 24 months. 2 classes emerged, with 75% in a low ideation class across 4 assessments. Less than […]

Measuring the Suicidal Mind: Implicit Cognition Predicts Suicidal Behavior

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The Invisible Family: a Qualitative Study of Suicide Survivors in Taiwan

This interpretive phenomenological study described the commonality of the lived experience of suicide survivors & how it influences their family relationships in Taiwan from a sociocultural perspective. 13 survivors participated in the study. Results reveal that some survivors blame themselves, some blame others, & some are blamed by their family as part of their need […]

Pickwick’s Interpolated Tales and the Examination of Suicide: the Science of an Ending

This article examines the influence that the suicide of Robert Seymour, an illustrator, had upon Charles Dickens & the development of “The Pickwick Papers”. {35 notes)

Suicidality and Sexual Orientation: Differences Between men and Women in a General Population-Based Sample From The Netherlands

This study assessed differences in lifetimes symptoms of suicidality between homosexual & heterosexual men & women, controlling for lifetime psychiatric morbidity. Data were collected on a representative sample of the Dutch population aged 18-64 years. Homosexual men differed from their heterosexual counterparts on all 4 suicidal symptoms & on the sum total of the 4 […]

Emotional Triggers and Psychopathology Associated With Suicidal Ideation in Urban Children With Elevated Aggressive-Disruptive Behavior

8.6% suicide ideation was found among 349 urban 6-9 year olds in the top tercile of aggressive-disruptive behaviour. Suicide ideation was associated with more self-reported depression, opposition defiance disorder, conduct problems, & attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms & 3.5-5 times more clinically significant symptoms. Parents rated more symptoms in older children associated with suicide ideation […]