Year: 2005 Source: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, v.41, no.1, (January-March 2005), p.14-21 SIEC No: 20070002

This review of the literature will provide insight into stigma as an underlying element in suicide bereavement & point to the role of health professionals in dealing with this complex issue. Historical review & empirical studies are analyzed to provide a framework for how suicide relates to natural bereavement. The conclusion is that suicide bereavement is different from natural loss. The challenge to health care providers is to sort through the complex issues surrounding the individual & their social network to find mechanisms that lead to resolution. (21 refs.)