ERIC Number: ED177417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May-12
Reference Count: 0
Grief Counseling for Survivors of Sudden Death (SOSD).
This paper describes a program of free, short-term, individual bereavement counseling for survivors of sudden death in Marin County, California. Co-sponsors are Marin Suicide Prevention Center and Marin County Coroner's Office. Most survivors are initially referred to the program by the coroner at the time of certifying cause of death, others are referred by third parties, and some are self-referred. Clients may not be in therapy, and the death may not have occurred more than a year prior to the referral. All known primary survivors are contacted through outreach calls during which the program is offerred. About one-third of those contacted accept. Of the 71 cases reported here, two-thirds involved violent deaths of which one-half were suicides. Counselors are volunteers working in pairs, who are trained and supervised by Marin Suicide Prevention Center. The program has been functioning for six years without funding, other than administrative support from sponsoring agencies. Observations indicate that the most willing to accept help are: (1) survivors of highly traumatic deaths; (2) unsuccessful suicide attempters; (3) female survivors grieving the loss of males; and (4) survivors who lose a spouse, lover or child. (Author/CKJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Marin County Suicide Prevention Center, Cal.; Marin County, Cal. Office of the Coroner.
Identifiers: California (Marin County)
Note: Best copy available; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology (12th, Denver, Colorado, May 10-13, 1979)