Year: 2015 Source: The American Journal of Family Therapy.(2015).43(1):16-27. DOI:10.1080/01926187.2014.975651 SIEC No: 20150072

Suicide is a devastating event for individuals, families, and societies. With a conservative estimate of 1 million deaths worldwide per year as the result of suicide, it affects every fabric of society. In addition to managing the trauma of the death, it is family structure and processes that are altered in significant ways, specifically with regard to communication around the pain of the event. This article will address intervention and conceptualization through an attachment-based therapeutic process while attending to the three key areas that correspond with suicide bereavement: shame/guilt/blame, crisis of faith, and managing internalized messages.