Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Mindfulness Studies

First Advisor

Melissa Jean, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Nancy Waring, Ph.D.


Suicide is one of today’s major health issues. Survivors of suicide loss (SOSL) suffer major and very peculiar adversities in their grieving process. It is important to address the needs of this population as a way to prevent suicide. In fact, it is imperative for this population to take part in activities that promote resiliency and healing after experiencing the loss of a loved one by suicide (postvention). This paper mainly argues that SOSLs are a population poised to benefit from mindfulness practices. A dearth of information exists concerning this particular population and the possible benefits of mindfulness practices for their bereavement process. A recent study on this topic suggests that contemplative practices like meditation and self-compassion can be beneficial for survivors of suicide loss (Scocco et al., 2019). Conclusion and implications for future study call for more research on this topic as there is a significant gap within the current body of research on survivors of suicide loss.

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