Supporting Mothers Bereaved By Suicide in Northern Ireland

Integrating research and practice

Authored by: Chris P. Shields , Kate Russo , Michele Kavanagh , Barry McGale

Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415530125
eBook ISBN: 9780203795583
Adobe ISBN: 9781134459292


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On 8th July 1999, and one month before his twenty-first birthday, the nephew of one of the authors of this chapter took the decision to end his own life by hanging. This seemed to be completely out of the blue. In the weeks, months and years that followed there ensued a complex and difficult process whereby the family searched for understanding and meaning concerning his decision. They struggled to find ways of moving forward. Initially the extended family, friends and wider community rallied around, visited the family home and did what they could. However, this support was soon replaced by a sense of awkwardness and uncertainty concerning the appropriate actions and role of the extended family and wider community.

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