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Exploring Sibling Identity after Suicide: A Heuristic Inquiry

How does the experience of losing a sibling to suicide transform an individual’s understanding of self, relationship and meaning in life?

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I am a doctoral candidate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy.  For my doctoral dissertation, I am conducting a research project to explore identity and life course development through two meetings after someone has lost a sibling to suicide.

I myself have lost a sibling to suicide, prompting this research from a personal perspective.


Losing anyone in to suicide is a painful and complex experience.  When a sibling dies, a special and unique bond is lost and leads to a major readjustment in life. 

How and what will happen?

I will ask you to attend an online video call where I will ask some questions about your experience.  There is no right and wrong in this, it is simply a space to share how you experience the impact of losing a sibling to suicide.


This will be transcribed (written-up in words) which will be shared with you to verify or amend. 


We will then meet again to produce a creative piece.  This will be a montage which is very straight forward, and like before, there is no right and wrong.  Montage is taking various images and items to create a new picture that tells a story or shares ideas. 

Find a video explanation here to help.

These two meetings will be repeated with several other people and then used as 'data' for analysis and main write up. 

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Other important information

  • Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary; you may withdraw at any time within the first 3months from 1st interview. If you wish to withdraw, just inform the researcher.

  • Your participation in this study is entirely confidential anonymous and your identity will not be stored with your data.


  • All gathered information will be locked away securely and encrypted password protected technology will be used. 


  • Once the completed article/dissertation is completed all related documents and recordings will be destroyed.

  • Ethical approval has been received from the University to conduct this research.


All research includes criteria to ensure a good fit between the topic of study and those who are included.  Please read below for this essential criteria, all participants must; 

  • Have lost a sibling to suicide

  • More than 5 years ago

  • Willing and able to describe their sense of identity

  • Be able to speak fluent English

  • Be willing to be recorded

  • Not be under the care of a mental health professional or have any severe mental health condition.

Thank you for your consideration in taking part.
I am happy to answer any questions just drop me an email on


Send me an email at

I will arrange a quick call with you to answer any questions.

We will have our first meeting online (60-90mins).

We will arrange a second meeting to organise the creative piece.

I will arrange to send you your contribution to confirm/amend.

Art Montage

Montage (for the second interview) is the collecting and rearranging of different images to create a new and meaningful image.  It is very straight forward process for this research project and does not need to be a perfectly formed, peice of art.  The video here explains a little more about the second meeting in the research of identity after sibling suicide.

Thank you for your consideration in taking part.
I am happy to answer any questions just drop me an email on

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