Thanatos ( is a peer-reviewed,  
multi-disciplinary and a scientific online journal published by the  
Finnish Death Studies Association ( We  
publish twice a year a journal that consists of articles, short and  
long research reports, book reviews, columns and seminar reports. The  
primary publication language is Finnish, but we also accept  
manuscripts in English and Swedish. However, the costs of proofreading  
are the responsibility of the author.

We now invite abstracts in English, Swedish or Finnish (max 400 words)  
for articles (max 8000 words) and research reports (max 5000 words)  
from the following example themes:

The topic of the thematic issue is grief of different age people and  
after different cause of death, coping with grief as well as support  
in grief. Support of grieving, wished for and received support can be  
discussed broadly, both from professional or non-professional and peer  
support view, or perspective of support (e.g. peer support, support  
from one’s own social network). Coping of the grieving or dying person  
can be discussed from the viewpoint of things that help or hinder  
coping. Present interventions and models that have been perceived  
effective in coping with grief can also be discussed.

The article can focus also on grief, coping and support in grief from  
the viewpoint of professionals or researchers. For example, how do  
professionals or peer supporters grieve after the death of their  
patient or client? How do they deal with providing debriefing or help  
in a crisis or supporting grieving people.

The article can also discuss the following themes concerning grief,  
coping and support for grieving people:
– after different causes of death (eg. stillbirth, illness, accident,  
suicide, homicide, familicide, family murder, filicide,  
filicide-suicide, infanticide, family homicide, family murder and  
extended suicide)
-after the death of a family member (eg. child, sibling, spouse,  
parent, grandparent )
-after the death of a close person (eg. friend, neighbors, colleagues,  
class mates)
-for professionals (eg. nurses, doctors, priests, crisis counsellors,  
police, teachers, social workers, undertakers)
-for non professionals (eg. peer supporters, voluntary workers, third  
sector workers)
-from the perspective of the dying person
– models of support and intervention
-peer support (individual support, peer support, internet support)

The above mentioned topics are only examples and we encourage you to  
send your own ideas as well. Abstracts are to be sent to: by 16th of May 2014.

• 16.5.2014: Abstract deadlines (max 400 words)
• 1.8.2014: Full manuscript deadlines (articles max 8000 words,  
research reports max 5000 words)
• 15.9.2014: Authors receive referees’ and editorial comments on their  
first drafts
• 30.10.2014: Deadline for second drafts
• December 2014: Journal publication

The first head editor of the issue will be PhD, Adjunct professor of  
Health Sciences, Anna Liisa Aho, who has studied grief, coping and  
support since 2000. (More information: anna.l.aho(a)
The second head editor of the issue will be PhD, Professor of Health  
Sciences, Marja Kaunonen, who has studied family grief, bereavement  
and mourning as well as support for grieving family.

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