Year: 2001 Source: Revista Internacional de Tanatologia y Suicidio, v.1, no.4, (2001), p.21-24 SIEC No: 20021246

The depression of the suicidal individual is different from that of the terminally ill patient. The differentiating characteristic is hopelessness. The task of the thanatologist is to help the suicidal person move from a state of hopelessness to one of hope. (12 refs.)