Year: 1991 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.21, no.4, (Winter 1991), p.385-401 SIEC No: 19911325

Examines the significance of the survivor-victim relationship in understanding the grief following sudden death. Data came from medical examiner’s reports & self-report surveys of survivors of suicide & accidental death. Results show that survivor-victim attachment is more important than survivor’s status in explaining grief reactions. Suicide survivors experienced significantly less emotional distress & shock, but more guilt/shame & rejection. Areas for future research are identified.