Traumatic Grief After Suicide
Based on data collected by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2014, there were 1,119 completed suicides in Washington state, ranking it 22nd nationwide for completed suicides. Completed suicides are the 8th leading cause of death in Washington. On average, one person dies by suicide every eight hours in the state.*
In October 2016, Virginia Mason Separation and Loss Services, along with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Workers, sponsored a two-day training event, Traumatic Grief After Suicide, held at the Horizon House.
The presentation links below are from the first day of training. The first day featured keynote speakers discussing therapeutic interventions after suicidal death, the results of a research study showing the complicated grief reactions of suicide survivors, and the recommendations from the set of national guidelines for suicide postvention released by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention in April 2015.
There were two panels: One panel focused on specific prevention and intervention services for children and adolescents pre- and post-suicide. The other focused on specific services for adults. The panels featured clinical, spiritual, first responder and military professionals.
On the second day of training, Jack Jordan, PhD, conducted a Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program, an interactive session specifically designed for professionals serving suicide survivors.
- Welcome: Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason
- “Fundamentals of Grief After Suicide” Edward K. Rynearson, MD, Separation and Loss Services, Virginia Mason
- ”Complicated Grief After Suicide Bereavement and Other Causes of Death: Results from the HEAL Study” Sidney Zisook, MD
- Panel Presentation: “Specific Services for Children and Adolescents” Lucy Berliner, MSW
- Panel Presentation: “Specific Services for Children and Adolescents” Sue Eastgard, MSW
- Panel Presentation: “Specific Services for Children and Adolescents” Beverly Goldsmith, MSW
- Panel Presentation: “Specific Services for Children and Adolescents” Jen McCormick, LICSW
- “Helping Suicide Loss Survivors: New Directions in Suicide Postvention” John R. Jordan, PhD
- Panel Presentation: “Specific Services for Adults” Reverend Dr. Donald E. Mayer, DMin, MST, BA
- Panel Presentation: “Specific Services for Adults” Steve Redmond
- Panel Presentation: “Specific Services for Adults” Mark C. Russell, PhD, ABPP, CDR USN (Ret.)
- Closing: Edward K. Rynearson, MD
Special thanks to Terry King of Virginia Mason Medical Photography and Chris Sherman, videographer, of C. Sherman AV, for allowing us to bring this professional quality, valuable training to you.
*From “Suicide: Washington 2016 Facts & Figures,” published by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.