Every year more than 8000 people in Britain take their own lives. But what happens to their families and friends - the survivors of suicide? Because of the stigma attached to suicide, they have remained a largely hidden group, yet there are likely to be more than 80,000 new survivors annually, people whose lives have been profoundly affected by the suicide of someone close to them. "A Special Scar" is the first book by a British author to describe the experiences of survivors of suicide, including the parents, children, siblings and spouses of suicide victims. It reveals the particular problems which this group of bereaved people face: the stress of coping with the police, with post-mortems, inquests, and the resulting media publicity; the negative attitudes of friends and the community at large; the survivor's own feelings of shame and stigma; and the guilt and anger which many experience. A final chapter and resource section suggests how survivors can be helped and supported by those around them.
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Published March 22, 1991
Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Science & Math, Professional & Technical.