Year: 1976 Source: Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, v.26, (1976), p.329-336 SIEC No: 19820583

This article analyzes emotional grief in relatives who have been bereaved by suicide. In this study 46 relatives of 32 deceased patients were interviewed by their family doctor 4-8 weeks after the bereavement. Results indicated that relatives feel: numbness, lasting in most cases until after the funeral; relief when bereavement was associated with lingering & distressing illness; feelings of guilt & hostility & complaints about medical attention to the deceased. A majority had physical complaints ranging from headaches to insomnia. (SC)