Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications. The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field.
Chapter 33: Suicide Survivors: The Aftermath of Suicide and Suicidal Behavior
Historically, one of the most neglected areas of suicidology (i.e., the scientific study of suicide) has been the issue of the aftermath of suicide and suicidal behavior. As this discussion will show, this disregard has lessened in recent years, particularly for the topic of “survivors of suicide.” Still largely ignored is the aftermath for those who have made nonfatal attempts on their own lives and for their significant others. In this chapter, I ...