Year: 2005 Source: Thesis (Ph.D.)-University of New England, (March 2005). 304p. SIEC No: 20090885

This study provides empirical data which examines the experience of parents bereaved through their child’s suicide. In-depth interviews with 22 mothers & fathers elicited their narratives surrounding the experience of suicide. Interview data was analysed using a narrative method, which examined both the smaller narratives within each story & the plotlines that permeate the stories of the group as a whole. This analysis revealed 3 narrative components that parents use to talk about & give meaning to their experience: the manner in which parents find themselves silenced after their child’s suicide; how prepared or otherwise parents are for the suicide; & an exploration of death as a physical end to life but also as an elaboration of a parent’s enduring relationship with their child.