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Grief and Bereavement
(PS005)

Introduction


Various definitions have been developed for the terms associated with the loss of a loved one. Bereavement is the state of having lost a significant other to death; grief is the personal response to the loss; and mourning is the public expression of that loss. The experience of grief is commonly influenced by the nature of the loss, whether sudden and unexpected, traumatic, or following a prolonged illness, which often allows for the beginning of the grief process days, weeks or months before the loss actually occurs.

Bereavement is a very individual process. No two persons experience grief in quite the same way. The meaning of the loss is different even for members of the same family. Accordingly, the emotions and significance of the loss will be different for each person as well. Grief may be strong or weak, prolonged or brief, immediate or delayed.

The goals of care for bereaved persons are to support and facilitate a normal grief process, thereby preventing or minimizing physical or mental health deterioration, and to detect bereavement complications so as to offer timely and appropriate treatment options. Medications, counseling and lifestyle interventions are often used.

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