Year: 1983 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (16th: 1983: Dallas), p.87 SIEC No: 19841317

Examines the stressful experience of treating the dying suicidal patient. Staff & family reactions include disbelief, horror, anxiety, anger, guilt, futility & impairment of empathy. It is important for staff to rise above the negative feelings & to continue to provide emotional support to the patient, the family & each other. Factors involved in deciding upon palliative care or maximal treatment for the suicidal patient are discussed. (RM)