Experiences of bereavement from suicide: A descriptive review
Zhang, X., & Lu, Y.
Background: Suicide is a serious public health problem. Bereaved from suicide can have an impact on one’s physical, mental health as well as daily life. Not all bereaved people can cope well with the situation, so it is necessary for nurses to provide support for them.
Aim: To describe the experiences of bereavement from suicide.
Design: A descriptive review of qualitative studies.
Methods: All scientific articles were searched in the databases PubMed and PsycINFO. The selected article were read and processed carefully several times to determine the similarities and differences of the experience of bereavement from suicide.
Results: The result was based on 12 articles related with the experience of bereavement from suicide. Three separate but related themes were identified. The themes were: the consequences of the bereaved from suicide; coping strategies; life after adopting coping strategies.
Conclusions: Bereaved people would experience a series of physiological and psychological discomfort and changes in social relationship after the suicide of their relatives. Through their coping behaviors and with the help of various support groups, most bereaved people regained the meaning of life, became positive and optimistic, and started a new life. Of course, follow-up scholars can further study about this topic