Year: 1998 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.28, no.3, (Fall 1998), p.285-301 SIEC No: 19981156

This study examined the relative contribution of risk factors in explaining variations in specific grief reactions following a sudden death. 139 survivors of sudden loss from suicide or accidents were studied. Results indicate that several characteristics of the survivor, mode of death, & social support are important determinants of grief symptomatology. Future research is directed to examine more fully the role of relational factors in influencing grief experiences following bereavement.