Agonizing Questioning: Experiences of Survivors of Suicide Victims
Van Dongen C J
35 adult survivors were asked in in-depth interviews about perceived life experiences 3-9 months after the suicide of a family member. Comparative analysis yielded a core variable of “agonizing questioning”. Ss’ questioning behavior was evident through their descriptions of emotional, physical & social turmoil. The beginning of loss resolution was apparent among Ss who had achieved some understanding of why the suicide had occurred or recognized that there were no answers to their questions.