Year: 2007 Source: BMJ, v.334, no.7601, (May 2007), 6p. SIEC No: 20070499

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a family-based grief counselling program to prevent complicated grief among first-degree relatives & spouses of people who died by suicide. Participants were recruited from general practices in the Netherlands. 39 families were allocated to the program & 31 control families to usual care. The counselling programme was not found to reduce the risk of complicated grief, suicide ideation, or the level of depression. However, it may help prevent maladaptive grief reactions & perceptions of blame. (24 refs.)