Bibliography on bereavement



A collaboration between De Leo Fund and Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University


The bibliography we present here is an extract from ‘Suicide Research: Selected Readings’, a prestigious bi-annual publication produced by the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), which is distributed world wide. Financially supported by the Australian Government (Department of Health and Ageing) with funds dedicated to the National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention, this publication screens all the scientific literature produced in the world in the context of suicide, and listed in PubMed, PsycInfo, Proquest, Scopus, Web of Science and SafetyLit.
The Editorial Board of the journal chooses the best articles for each volume (about thirty pieces), critically comments them and explores their practical implications. It also selects articles of particular interest (about 60-80 per volume) reproducing their original abstract; finally, it categorizes all articles (divided between fatal and non-fatal suicidal behaviors), reporting names of authors and journals of origin.
The materials reported on the website of the De Leo Fund relate solely to publications on the theme of suicide bereavement. The list starts with the first volume of ‘Suicide Research: Selected Readings’, published for the first time in April 2009 and reprinted several times.

All of us at De Leo Fund are grateful to the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention for having made available this precious material.
Vol 1
Andriessen K (2009).Can postvention be prevention? Crisis 30, 43–47.
Ballard ED, Pao M, Horowitz L, Lee LM, Henderson DK, Rosenstein DL (2008). Aftermath of suicide in the hospital: institutional response. Psychosomatics 49, 461–469.

Chen J, Choi YJ, Mori K, Sawada Y, Sugano S (2009). Those who are left behind: an estimate of the number of family members of suicide victims in Japan. Social Indicators Research Published online: 10 February 2009. doi: 10.1007/s11205–009–9448–3.

 Feigelman B, Feigelman W (2008). Surviving after suicide loss: the healing potential of suicide survivor support groups. Illness Crisis & Loss 16, 285–304.

 Feigelman W, Jordan JR, Gorman BS (2008/2009). How they died, time since loss, and bereavement outcomes. Omega 58, 251–273.

 Henry M, Greenfield BJ (2009). Therapeutic effects of psychological autopsies the impact of investigating suicides on interviewees. Crisis 30, 20–24.

 Kalischuk RG, Nixon G (2009). A transpersonal theory of healing following youth suicide. International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction. Published online: 27 January 2009. doi: 10.1007/s11469–009–9193–5.

 Lyn CW (2008). When a coworker completes suicide. AAOHN Journal 56, 459–467.

McDaid C (2009). Interventions for people bereaved through suicide: systematic review. British Journal of Psychiatry 194, 90–90.

 McDaid C, Trowman R, Golder S, Hawton K, Sowden A (2008). Interventions for people bereaved through suicide: systematic review. British Journal of Psychiatry 193, 438–443.

 Mitchell AM, Crane PA, Kim Y (2008). Perceived stress in survivors of suicide: psychometric properties of the Perceived Stress Scale. Research in Nursing & Health 31, 576–585.

Mitchell AM, Sakraida TJ, Kim Y, Bullian L, Chiappetta L (2009). Depression, anxiety and quality of life in suicide survivors: a comparison of close and distant relationships. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing 23, 2–10.

 Parker HA, McNally RJ (2008). Repressive coping, emotional adjustment, and cognition in people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Suicide & Life Threatening Behavior 38, 676– 687.

Thomyangkoon P, Leenaars A (2008). Impact of death by suicide of patients on Thai psychi- atrists. Suicide & Life Threatening Behavior 38, 728–740.

Vol 2

Braiden HJ, McCann M, Barry H, Lindsay C (2009). Piloting a therapeutic residential for chil- dren, young people and families bereaved through suicide in Northern Ireland. Child Care in Practice 15, 81–93.

 Brent D, Melhem N, Donohoe MB, Walker M (2009). The incidence and course of depression in bereaved youth 21 months after the loss of a parent to suicide, accident, or sudden natural death. American Journal of Psychiatry 166, 786–794.

 Callender JS, Eagles JM (2009). Coping with suicide: a perspective from Scotland. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 15, 17–22.

 Cerel J, Padgett JH, Conwell Y, Reed GA (2009). A call for research: the need to better under- stand the impact of support groups for suicide survivors. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 39, 269-281.

 De Groot M, van der Meer K, Burger H (2009). A survey of Dutch GPs’ attitudes towards help seeking and follow-up care for relatives bereaved by suicide. Family Practice 26, 372–376.

 Derer P (2009). Suicide from the perspective of the patient’s family. Wisconsin Medical Journal 108, 83–84.

 Dyregrov K (2009). The important role of the school following suicide in Norway. What support do young people wish that school could provide? Omega 59, 147–161.

Dyregrov K (2009). How do the young suicide survivors wish to be met by psychologists? A user study. Omega 59, 221–238.

 Feigelman W, Gorman BS, Jordan JR (2009). Stigmatization and suicide bereavement. Death Studies 33, 591–608.

 Feigelman W, Jordan JR, Gorman BS (2009). Personal growth after a suicide loss: cross-sectional findings suggest grown after loss may be associated with better mental health among survivors. Omega 59, 181–202.

 Gaffney P, Russell V, Collins K, Bergin A, Halligan P, Carey C, Coyle S (2009). Impact of patient suicide on front-line staff in Ireland. Death Studies 33, 639-656.

 Hung NC, Rabin LA (2009). Comprehending childhood bereavement by parental suicide: a critical review of research on outcomes, grief processes, and interventions. Death Studies 33, 781-814.

 Kaslow NJ, Ivey AZ, Berry-Mitchell F, Franklin K, Bethea K (2009). Postvention for African American families following a loved one’s suicide. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 40, 165–171.

 Kinder A, Cooper CL (2009). The costs of suicide and sudden death within an organization. Death Studies 33, 411–419.

 Kuramoto SJ, Brent DA, Wilcox HC (2009). The impact of parental suicide on child and ado- lescent offspring. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 39, 137–151.

 Mangurian C, Harre E, Reliford A, Booty A, Cournos F (2009). Improving support of resi- dents after a patient suicide: a residency case study. Academic Psychiatry 33, 278–281.

 Rajalin M, Wickholm-Pethrus L, Hursti T, Jokinen J (2009). Dialectical behavior therapy- based skills training for family members of suicide attempters. Archives of Suicide Research 13, 257-263.

 Stepakoff S (2009). From destruction to creation, from silence to speech: poetry therapy prin- ciples and practices for working with suicide grief. Arts in Psychotherapy 36, 105–113.

Vandecreek L, Mottram K (2009). The religious life during suicide bereavement: a description. Death Studies 33, 741–761.

Vol 3

Anonymous (2009). Left behind after suicide. People bereaved by a suicide often get less support because it’s hard for them to reach out—and because others are unsure how to help. Harvard Women’s Health Watch 16, 4-6.

 Anonymous (2009). Interventions for people bereaved through suicide: Systematic review (British Journal of Psychiatry 193, 438-443). British Journal of Psychiatry 194, 90-90.

 Anonymous (2009). Supporting survivors of suicide loss. Family, friends, co-workers, and mental health clinicians are all affected. The Harvard Mental Health Letter 26, 4-5.

Cutcliffe J, Ball PB (2009). Suicide survivors and the suicidology academe. Crisis 30, 208-214.

Maple M, Edwards H, Plummer D, Minichiello V (2009). Silenced voices: hearing the stories of parents bereaved through the suicide death of a young adult child. Health & Social Care in the Community 18, 241-248.

 Robertson M, Paterson B, Lauder B, Fenton R, Gavin J (2010). Accounting for accountability: A discourse analysis of psychiatric nurses’ experience of a patient suicide. Open Nursing Journal 4, 1-8.

Sands D, Tennant M (2010). Transformative learning in the context of suicide bereavement. Adult Education Quarterly 60, 99-121.

 Tzeng WC, Su PY, Chiang HH, Kuan PY, Lee JF (2009). The invisible family: a qualitative study of suicide survivors in Taiwan. Western Journal of Nursing Research 32, 185-198.

 Tzeng WC, Su PY, Tzeng NS, Yeh CB, Chen TH, Chen CH (2010). A moral life after a suicide death in Taiwan. Qualitative Health Research. Published online: 1 April 2010. doi: 10.1177/1049732310365503.

Zhang J, Jia CX (2010). Attitudes toward suicide: The effect of suicide death in the family. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying 60, 365-382.

Vol 4

Aguirre RTP, Slater H (2010). Suicide postvention as suicide prevention: Improvement and expansion in the United States. Death Studies 34, 529.

 Chapple A, Ziebland S (2010). Viewing the body after bereavement due to a traumatic death: Qualitative study in the UK. British Medical Journal 340, 2032.

 Gibson J, Gallagher M, Jenkins M (2010). The experiences of parents readjusting to the work- place following the death of a child by suicide. Death Studies 34, 500-528.

 Gulfi A, Angela D, Dransart C, Heeb JL, Gutjahr E (2010). The impact of patient suicide on the professional reactions and practices of mental health caregivers and social workers. Crisis 31, 202-210.

 Hoffmann W, Myburgh C, & Poggenpoel M (2010). The lived experiences of late-adolescent female suicide survivors: ‘A part of me died’. Health SA Gesondheid 15, 493.

Koch BJ (2010). The psychological impact on police officers of being first responders to com- pleted suicides. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology 25, 90-98.

 Landers A, O’Brien S, Phelan D (2010). Impact of patient suicide on consultant psychiatrists in Ireland. Psychiatrist 34, 136-140.

 Li N, Zhang J (2010). Influencing factors for depression among Chinese suicide survivors. Psychiatry Research 178, 97-100.

 Lobb EA, Kristjanson LJ, Aoun SM, Monterosso L, Halkett GKB, Davies A (2010). Predictors of complicated grief: A systematic review of empirical studies. Death Studies 34, 673-698.

 Mann JJ (2010). In her wake: A child psychiatrist explores the mystery of her mother’s suicide. American Journal of Psychiatry 167, 872-873.

 Muniz-Cohen M, Melhem NM, Brent DA (2010). Health risk behaviors in parentally bereaved youth. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 164, 621-624.

 Salvatore T (2010). Life after suicide. How emergency responders can help those left behind. EMS Magazine 39, 54-57.

 Szumilas M, Wie Y, Kutcher S (2010). Psychological debriefing in schools. Canadian Medical Association Journal 182, 883-884.

 Wilson A (2010). Consumer participation: Ensuring suicide postvention research counts for end users. International Journal of Nursing Practice 16, 7-13.

 Wilson A, Marshall A (2010). The support needs and experiences of suicidally bereaved family and friends. Death Studies 34, 625-640.

Vol 5

Agnew A, Manktelow R, Haynes T, Jones L (2011). Bereavement assessment practice in hospice settings: Challenges for palliative care social workers. British Journal of Social Work 41, 111-130.

Akhtar S (2011). Editor’s introduction: The aftermath of suicide. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies 8, 95-96.

Barlow CA, Waegemakers Schiff J, Chugh U, Rawlinson D, Hides E, Leith J (2010). An evalu- ation of a suicide bereavement peer support program. Death Studies 34, 915.

Berman AL (2011). Estimating the population of survivors of suicide: Seeking an evidence base. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviour 41, 110-116.

Berman J (2010). In her wake: a child psychiatrist explores the mystery of her mother’s suicide. Death Studies 34, 947-955.

 Chapple A, Ziebland S (2010). How the Internet is changing the experience of bereavement by suicide: A qualitative study in the UK. Health (London). Published online: 22 December 2010. doi:10.1177/1363459309360792.

 Davidsen AS (2010). ‘And then one day he’d shot himself. Then I was really shocked’: General practitioners’ reaction to patient suicide. Patient Education and Counseling. Published online: 27 September 2010. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2010.08.020.

 Dyregrov K, Dieserud G, Straiton M, Rasmussen M, Hjelmeland H, Knizek B, Leenaars A (2011). Motivation for research participation among people bereaved by suicide. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying 62, 149-168.

Feigelman B, Feigelman W (2011). Suicide survivor support groups: Comings and goings, part I. Illness Crisis and Loss 19, 57-71.

 de Groot M, Neeleman J, van der Meer K, Burger H (2010). The effectiveness of family-based cognitive-behavior grief therapy to prevent complicated grief in relatives of suicide victims: The mediating role of suicide ideation. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 40, 425-437.

Gaffney M, Hannigan B (2010). Suicide bereavement and coping: A descriptive and interpretative analysis of the coping process. Procedia — Social and Behavioral Sciences 5, 526-535.

Harper M, O’Connor R, Dickson A, O’Carroll R (2011). Mothers continuing bonds and ambivalence to personal mortality after the death of their child – An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Psychology, Health and Medicine 16, 203-214.

Hibberd R, Elwood LS, Galovski TE (2010). Risk and protective factors for posttraumatic stress disorder, prolonged grief, and depression in survivors of the violent death of a loved one. Journal of Loss & Trauma 15, 426-447.

 Jordan JR (2011). A child psychiatrist explores the mystery of her mother’s suicide. Death Studies 35, 90-93.

 Krysinska K, Andriessen K (2010). On-line support and resources for people bereaved through suicide: What is available? Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 40, 640-650.

Takahashi C, Chida F, Nakamura H, Akasaka H, Yagi J, Koeda A, Tagusari E, Otsuka K, Sakai A (2011). The impact of inpatient suicide on psychiatric nurses and their need for support. BMC Psychiatry 11, 38.

Youngblut JM, Brooten D, Blais K, Hannan J, Niyonsenga T (2010). Grandparent’s health and functioning after a grandchild’s death. Journal of Pediatric Nursing 25, 352-359.

Vol 6

Benedek CDM (2011). Impact of soldier suicide on unit and care givers: Implications for edu- cation and training. Psychiatry 74, 124–126.

 Bhushan B, Kumar S, Harizuka S (2011). Bereavement, cognitive-emotional processing, and coping with the loss: A study of Indian and Japanese students. Journal of Social Work in End-Of-Life & Palliative Care 7, 263–280.

 Carr RB (2011). When a soldier commits suicide in Iraq: Impact on unit and caregivers. Psychiatry 74, 95–106.

 Davidsen AS (2011). Response to letter to the editor and commentary to ‘And then one day he’d shot himself. Then I was really shocked’: General practitioners’ reaction to patient suicide’. Patient Education and Counselling. Published online: 1 September 2011. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2011.08.001

 Dyregrov KM, Dieserud G, Hjelmeland HM, Straiton M, Rasmussen ML, Knizek BL, Leenaars AA (2011). Meaning-making through psychological autopsy interviews: The value of participating in qualitative research for those bereaved by suicide. Death Studies 35, 685–710.

 Ellis TE, Patel AB (2011). Client suicide: What now? Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. Published online: 15 April 2011. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2010.12.004

 Hadry T, Adamowski T, Kiejna A (2011). Mental disorder in Polish families: Is diagnosis a pre- dictor of caregiver’s burden? Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology 46, 363–372.

Heeb JL, Gutjahr E, Gulfi A, Dransart DAC (2011). Psychometric properties of the French version of the impact of event Scale-Revised in mental health and social professionals after a patient suicide. Swiss Journal of Psychology 70, 105–111.

Jones A, Meier M (2011). Growing www.parentsofsuicide: A case study of an online support community. Social Work with Groups 34, 101–120.

Kizza D, Hjelmeland H, Kinyanda E, Knizek BL (2011). Qualitative psychological autopsy interviews on suicide in post-conflict northern Uganda: The participants’ perceptions. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying 63, 235–254.

Mann JJ (2011). The impact of soldier suicide on a base in Afghanistan: Lessons for prevention and postvention. Psychiatry 74, 121–123.

 Melhem NM, Porta G, Shamseddeen W, Walker Payne M, Brent DA (2011). Grief in children and adolescents bereaved by sudden parental death. Archives of General Psychiatry 68, 911–916.

 Nock MK (2011). A soldier’s suicide: Understanding its effect on fellow soldiers. Psychiatry 74, 107–109.

 Pearson J (2011). Implications for civilian postvention research and practice. Psychiatry 74, 118–120.

 Rober P, Walravens G, Versteynen L (2011). ‘In search of a tale they can live with’: About loss, family secrets, and selective disclosure. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Published online: 27 July 2011. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00237.x

 Skodlar B, Welz C (2011). How a therapist survives the suicide of a patient-with a special focus on patients with psychosis. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. Published online: 25 April 2011. doi:10.1007/s11097-011-9205-3.

 Steeves RH, Parker B, Laughon K, Knopp A, Thompson ME (2011). Adolescents’ experiences with uxoricide. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 17, 115–123.

 VandeCreek L, Mottram K (2011). The perceived roles of god during suicide bereavement. Journal of Psychology and Theology 39, 155–162.

 Veilleux JC (2011). Coping with client death: Using a case study to discuss the effects of acci- dental, undetermined, and suicidal deaths on therapists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 42, 222–228.

Vol 7

Andriessen K, Krysinska K (2012). Essential questions on suicide bereavement and postvention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 9, 24-32.

Bisagni F (2012). Shrapnel: Latency, mourning and the suicide of a parent. Journal of Child Psychotherapy 38, 22-31.

Darden AJ, Rutter PA (2011). Psychologists’ experiences of grief after client suicide: A qualitative study. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying 63, 317-342.

Dyregrov K (2011). What do we know about needs for help after suicide in different parts of the world? Crisis 32, 310-318.

Feigelman W, Jordan JR, Gorman BS (2011). Parental grief after a child’s drug death compared to other death causes: Investigating a greatly neglected bereavement population. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying 63, 291-316.

Gahm GA, Reger MA, Kinn JT, Luxton DD, Skopp NA, Bush NE (2012). Addressing the surveillance goal in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: The Department of Defense Suicide Event Report. American Journal of Public Health 102, S24-S28.

Girard GA, Silber TJ (2011). The aftermath of adolescent suicide: Clinical, ethical, and spiritual issues. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews 22, 229-39.

Gordon S (2011). Surviving suicide. Psychiatric Services 62, 1421-1422.

Hamdan S, Mazariegos D, Melhem NM, Porta G, Walker Payne M, Brent DA (2012). Effect of parental bereavement on health risk behaviors in youth: A 3-year follow-up. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 166, 216-223.

Kemp J, Bossarte RM (2012). Surveillance of suicide and suicide attempts among veterans: Addressing a national imperative. American Journal of Public Health 102, e4-e5.

Lerner U, Brooks K, McNiel DE, Cramer RJ, Haller E (2012). Coping with a patient’s suicide: A curriculum for psychiatry residency training programs. Academic Psychiatry 36, 29-33.

Miers D, Abbott D, Springer PR (2012). A phenomenological study of family needs following the suicide of a teenager. Death Studies 36, 118.

Miller M, Azrael D, Barber C, Mukamal K, Lawler E (2012). A call to link data to answer pressing questions about suicide risk among veterans. American Journal of Public Health 102, S20.

Owens C, Lambert H (2012). Mad, bad or heroic? Gender, identity and accountability in lay portrayals of suicide in late twentieth-century England. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. Published online: 21 March 2012. doi: 10.1007/s11013-012-9259-x.

Radbo H, Svedung I, Andersson R (2012). Suicide and the potential for suicide prevention on the Swedish rail network: A qualitative multiple case study. Advances in Safety, Reliability and Risk Management – Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2011, 51-56.

Rostila M, Saarela J, Kawachi I (2011). Mortality in parents following the death of a child: A nationwide follow-up study from Sweden. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Published online: 1 November 2011. doi: 10.1136/jech-2011-200339.

Schneider B, Grebner K, Schnabel A, Georgi K (2011). Is the emotional response of survivors dependent on the consequences of the suicide and the support received? Crisis 32, 186-193.

Shahtahmasebi S, Aupouri-Mclean C (2011). Bereaved by suicide. Primary Health Care (OMICS) 1, e101.

Sklarew BH, Handel S, Ley S (2012). The analyst at the morgue: Helping families deal with traumatic bereavement. Psychoanalytic Inquiry 32, 137.

Smith A, Joseph S, Nair DR (2011). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of posttraumatic growth in adults bereaved by suicide. Journal of Loss and Trauma 16, 413-430.

Sneha J, Prakash C, Vinay S (2011). Unexpected death or suicide by a child or adolescent: improving responses and preparedness of child and adolescent psychiatry trainees. Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience 8, 15-19.

Terhorst L, Mitchell AM (2012). Ways of coping in survivors of suicide. Issues in Mental Health Nursing 33, 32-38.

Tsai A, Moran S, Shoemaker R, Bradley J (2012). Patient suicides in psychiatric residencies and post-vention responses: A national survey of psychiatry chief residents and program directors. Academic Psychiatry 36, 34-38.

Walijarvi CM, Weiss AH, Weinman ML (2012). A traumatic death support group program: Applying an integrated conceptual framework. Death Studies 36, 152.

Wojtkowiak J, Wild V, Egger J (2012). Grief experiences and expectance of suicide. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 42, 56-66.


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