SILENT GRIEF: Living in the Wake of Suicide by Christopher & Henry M. Seiden Lukas

SILENT GRIEF: Living in the Wake of Suicide

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Yet another book on bereavement: a collection of personal experiences--plus commentary--of some who have suffered the suicide of a loved one, most commonly a family member. Lukas (whose mother committed suicide when he was six) and Seiden (a psychologist) offer with each recollection a sketchy, nonjargonish interpretation of the survivors' psychological reactions (negative and destructive ""bargains"" that hide anger and guilt) and responses (positive and healing). The authors thus make clear that true recovery is best achieved when the bereaved talk through their grief, anger, guilt, etc. with other family members, sympathetic friends, a support group, and/or a therapist. If these feelings are not worked through, they say, depression, mental and/or physical illness, alcoholism, drug dependency, even suicide may ensue. This reads almost like an edited transcript of a suicide-survivor support group meeting. As such, it may find an audience. But one wishes the authors had offered more than just sad, depressing tales and snippets of pop psychology.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1987
Publisher: Scribners