(Received 1 August 1989; accepted 26 September 1989)
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Although there is considerable literature on grief and grief work, there have been few studies of the grief process in those who have killed someone. This paper reviews the scope of this problem in England and Wales and examines a number of issues in connection with the grieving process in those who have killed but, because they were found to be suffering from an “abnormality of mind” at the time of the offence, were found not guilty of murder. Increasingly, these patients are referred for treatment to Regional Secure Units, under hospital orders of the Mental Health Act of 1983.
Senior clinical psychologist, Regional Forensic Services, Prestwich Hospital, Manchester,
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