Year: 2003 Source: Omega, v.48, no.1, (2003-2004), p.23-44 SIEC No: 20052123

Interviews with 69 parents who lost their children due to death by suicide, SIDS, or accident between August 1, 1997 & December 31, 1998 were used to explore the reasons why parts of the social support to survivors of traumatic deaths fail. Despite positive support from their social network, the majority of the survivors also experienced some unhelpful encounters or lack of anticipated support. Network members often find it difficult to communicate support in a way that is helpful. Bereaved parents claim that frankness about their situation is their best empowering strategy. (LC) (48 refs)