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A Journey into Grief: Reflection on Loss and Suicide

Social Work Chronicle

Volume 5 Issue 1

Published: 2016
Author(s) Name: W. J. Casstevens, June G. Gallagher | Author(s) Affiliation:
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The rising suicide rates in United States of America and elsewhere prompted this phenomenological case study which reflects upon the life and loss of a young man. Tom came into this world with mild developmental delays. He struggled with learning disabilities, and subsequently with auditory hallucinations and depression. Excerpts from Toms journal, his mothers narrative on his life, and selected quotes from professional assessments, tell Toms story from his mothers perspective and with her consent and involvement. Sadly, Tom purchased a handgun and ended his life when he was still in his twenties. The authors examine this narrative and its relevance for social work and social workers as we practice within our communities and the larger, global society.

Keywords: Suicide, Mental Health, Comorbid Disorders

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