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Dissertation Title:

Ritual and the Suicide Survivor: A Study of One Integration and Healing Technique


James Lichtenstein

Date, Time & Place:

July 14, 2022 at 11:00 am


The purpose of this study was to discover how the creation or adaptation of a ritual practice can affect suicide survivors’ ability to adapt to the experience of the suicide of an important person in their life. Using a methodology of narrative inquiry this research examined ten participants’ stories. Participants were chosen from among persons who had survived the suicide of an important person to them. The participants shared their stories, including practices or rituals that emerged during their recovery and adaptation to life in the aftermath of the suicide. From this research, it is hoped that clinical value may be realized to help guide the therapist and their clients who have survived a suicide in searching for meaningful healing rituals.

  • Program/Track/Year: Depth Psychology Psychotherapy, T, 2013
  • Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Nelson
  • Reader: Dr. Christine Lewis
  • External Reader: Dr. Karen Roller
  • Keywords: Suicide Survivors, Ritual, Grief, Psychotherapy, Nature, Creativity, Forgiveness