People whose loved ones have committed suicide are often wracked with guilt and blame themselves. Photo: Alamy

How to talk to and comfort suicide survivors, and better understand their anger and grief

Anthea Rowan learns from someone who witnessed his mother burn herself to death what suicide survivors want to hear from other people, and from a clinical psychologist how best to offer comfort and support

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People whose loved ones have committed suicide are often wracked with guilt and blame themselves. Photo: Alamy
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Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan has written for papers and magazines on almost every continent and on a huge variety of subjects, from travel in Africa to mental illness in the States to education in Europe. Her work has appeared in The Times in London, the Washington Post in America and regularly at the South China Morning Post.