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Surviving Life After Suicide: Emotional Reconstruction of the Bereaved
Manisa Celal Bayar Universitesi

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Suicide is a stigmatized and marginalized act by society that damages the lives of those close to the suicidal person and makes rebuilding their lives difficult. In understanding the social reality after suicide, emotions that are a component of social action play a key role. This study’s fundamental aim is understanding the emotions of those close to the suicidal person and the cultural roots of these emotions. In-depth interviews were conducted with twenty-three individuals who are close to someone who had committed suicide to obtain the necessary data, and the data were analyzed using discourse analysis. The following results were obtained: The most prominent emotion in those close to the suicidal person is anger. This anger is directed towards actors who are indifferent to the problems that led to suicide and towards the individual who committed suicide. Those close to the suicidal person are in a state of anger, shame, fear, guilt, and fear of being blamed due to social stigma and marginalization. The most significant feature of those close to the deceased is the emotional disturbances resulting from the coexistence of opposing emotions.