Year: 1987 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (20th: 1987: San Francisco), p.53-55 SIEC No: 19880746

In this condensation of his paper on Arctic suicide as a cultural & social phenomenon, the author discusses the family & clan social structure which includes the departed & the concepts of soul, social death, & untimely or bad deaths. In spite of the lack of precise suicide statistics & problems concerning accuracy, he conludes that suicide was considered an accepted way of dying & did not endanger the interaction of living & dead family members. (GW)