Family Conflict and Forgiveness Among Survivors of Suicide

Eunjin Lee, Sung Won Kim, Jichan J. Kim, Robert D. Enright

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This study explored the lived experiences of immediate family members who were left behind and their intra- and interpersonal struggles with other family members and their coping efforts to overcome these struggles. We used interpretative phenomenological analysis for data collection and analysis and conducted in-depth interviews with 11 participants in Korea. Two superordinate themes, with two ordinate themes in each, were identified: (a) family conflict after a family member’s suicide (“discordant grieving” and “suicide loss as a catalyst for family conflict”) and (b) forgiveness (“struggling to forgive other family members, the deceased, and themselves” and “the process and importance of forgiveness”). The implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-697
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 17

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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