TableĀ 1

Topic guide for family members bereaved by suicide/undetermined deaths

Prompts
Introduction
  • Family member's relationship with deceased

How did you spend time together? What was that like for you?
Impact of bereavement on family member
  • How they felt physically in the immediate aftermath of relative's death

Were there any physical symptoms? How did this affect you physically?
  • How their physical health was before and since their relative's death

Presence of or new diagnosis of health condition? Worsening of existing health condition? Changes in diet, exercise, smoking, sleeping patterns or substance use?
  • How their mental health was before and since their relative's death

Feelings of stress or worry? New diagnosis of health condition? Worsening of existing health condition?
  • How has their sense of well-being been since their relative's death

Experiencing positive thoughts? Experiencing negative thoughts? Optimism regarding the future?
  • Had deceased ever harmed themselves before?

  • How did that make them feel?

Were there any physical symptoms? How did this affect you physically?
Familial and social impact of bereavement
  • How the death has affected their life

Social life/work life? Outlook on life?
  • How the death has affected the family

Changes in familial relationships?
  • How any physical illnesses experienced by the family member after the death has affected their social/work life

Postvention
  • What supports they received from additional family and friends after the death of the family member

  • Any support services they encountered, whether they found it helpful/unhelpful and why

  • Any particular service they would like to see in immediate aftermath of relative's death

  • Any particular service they would like to see in medium to long term following relative's death

  • Do they have a message for:

    • Healthcare professionals?

    • Mental health services or counsellors?

    • Others who have been bereaved?

    • People contemplating suicide?

Anything to add before conclusion of interview?