Year: 1991 Source: Omega, v.23, no.4, (1991), p.279-289 SIEC No: 19911138

For those with relatively low purpose in life, bereavement may induce an existential crisis, particularly if the cause of death is suicide. To assess whether this happens, 122 Ss (31% of those who received the questionnaire) completed scales measuring life purpose, life satisfaction, reasons for living & social support. Unexpectedly, those bereaved by suicide were not different from other cause of death groups. High purpose in life apparently can buffer the negative aspects of bereavement.