Year: 2008 Source: Crisis, v.29, no.1, (2008), p.45-48 SIEC No: 20090241

Psychological pain has been reported to be a major contributing factor for death by suicide; classical suicidology based its wisdom on this construct. In this paper, the authors report the case of a patient whose family experienced a high number of suicides apparently due to an escalation of psychological pain in the family members after the successive suicides. The problem of helping survivors after the loss of a loved one is also briefly discussed. (11 refs.)