Year: 1965 Source: American Journal of Psychotherapy, v.19, no.4, (1965), p.570-576 SIEC No: 19820022

In this study, the reactions of therapists when a patient commits suicide are examined. The therapists were asked questions like, “Would you have done anything differently?” and “What effect did it have on you?” Like others who are bereaved by suicide deaths, counsellors felt denial & repression. Many also felt guilty & inadequate, & some felt angry at either the patient or a person in the victim’s life. The reaction of the therapist varied depending on the intensity of the relationship. (VM)