- The title of Chapter One asks: "Why study survivors of suicide loss?" And the editors answer: Because "considerable and compelling evidence now shows that exposure to suicide carries with it the risk ... [of] the elevated likelihood for suicide in a person exposed to the suicide of another individual ... [and because] there is also evidence of other negative psychological, physical, and social consequences of exposure to suicide."
- The title of Chapter Two poses this question: "Is Suicide Bereavement Different?" Answer: "Recent research and theoretical advances in thanatology have led us toward what we believe is a more nuanced and satisfying way to address this issue. In short, we propose that the correct answer to the question should be 'it all depends on what aspect of the bereavement experience is being studied.'" And the editors go on to propose a view that emphasizes, at the same time, not only the differences among bereavement after all types of fatalities but also the similarities among people's grief experiences regardless of the mode of death, which indeed is a useful way, practically speaking, to approach assisting the suicide bereaved.
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