This workshop will explore the additional pressures and pain experienced by those bereaved following suicide. Complicated thoughts and feelings associated with the loss of a loved one through suicide will be examined. Guilt, shame and self-blame, isolation and stigma, shock, rejection and betrayal are common feelings and experiences of those experiencing loss following suicide. How these feelings and experiences can be attended to in counselling practice will be examined. The workshop will help counsellors to understand the challenge for clients bereaved from suicide who may be desperately searching for clues and answers to questions that may remain unanswerable.
- Explore the additional pressures and pain experienced by clients bereaved following suicide
- Gain insight into the complicated thoughts and feelings involved in the grief process following suicide
- Develop awareness of the challenges of ‘grief with the volume turned up’ facing clients experiencing loss following suicide
- Consider the challenges for counsellors working with loss following suicide