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Salient Isolation: Anguish Experienced by Muslims who are Bereaved by Suicide.

Salient Isolation: Anguish Experienced by Muslims who are Bereaved by Suicide.

STARTTS, Australia
Islamic beliefs and traditions, like Christian and Judaic ones, can provide an essential framework of meaning for individuals to sustain life in times of great distress. Spirituality and religious beliefs have a substantial role in suicide prevention in Islam. Suicide is forbidden in Islam (Don’t commit suicide as GOD is merciful to you” Qur’an Surah 4 verse 29). Many Muslims consider a person who commits suicide to be someone who has turned his/her back on Islam. Therefore, an act of suicide can lead to a more severe bereavement crisis for any Muslim family which may require additional support and care. It is important to work with individual, family and community to achieve desirable outcome.
This presentation offers insight on how Islamic beliefs and spirituality have a profound impact on suicide prevention. It also recognises the need to offer Muslim families extra sensitive empathy consistent with Islamic cultural and religious beliefs alongside the usual bereavement therapy if and when suicide occurs. A case example of a Muslim family bereaved by suicide will illustrate an integrative approach of working with effected individual, family and community