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A Special Scar


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Murray Parkes, Foreword. Part I: Introduction. Suicide: An Introduction. Survivors of Suicide. Part II: Aspects of Suicide Bereavement. Meeting the Survivors. When the Suicide Happens. Looking Back. Why Did it Happen? The Search For Understanding. The Inquest. Funerals. Facing Suicide as a Family. The Impact of Suicide on Individual Family Members. Facing the World. Looking for Support. Facing the Feelings. Finding a Way Through. Meeting the Needs of Survivors. Groups for People Bereaved by Suicide. Counselling People Bereaved by Suicide. Relevant Organisations. The People Interviewed for the Book.

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Alison Wertheimer has been working as a freelance writer and researcher since 1987, after working in the voluntary sector for twenty years. She has a private counselling practice, is a supervisor with a bereavement counselling service and runs workshops on the impact of suicide bereavement.


'The first edition of this important book opened our eyes to the special needs of people bereaved by suicide. Since that time the author and others have increased our understanding of these needs and helped to develop services to meet them. In this second edition she has drawn on this knowledge and experience to augment and enhance the foundation which she laid... a volume which will be of value to members of caring professions, counsellors and other bereavement service providers.' - Colin Murray Parkes, in his Foreword.

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