Year: 1998 Source: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, v.36, no.6, (1998), p.7-9 SIEC No: 20052121

A survey was done of 235 people, who lost someone who died by suicide, to try & gauge their reactions to Òdemographic, descriptive, & situationalÓ aspects of the suicide, such as their relationship with the person who died, the age of the victim, & whether they viewed the body. The study concluded that the trauma of seeing the victimÕs body at the scene of death was associated with the most extreme grief reaction among survivors. This extreme grief reaction resembles post-traumatic stress disorder & should be treated as such. (LC)