Grief and bereavement

Derek Doyle, David Jeffrey and Kenneth Calman

in Palliative Care in the Home

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780192632272
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730245 | DOI:
Grief and bereavement

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This chapter discusses grief and bereavement. Aside from providing palliative care to the patient, members of the primary care team are also expected to provide bereavement care. Members who are tasked to give bereavement care must have been involved with the patient and their families before the life-threatening illness was diagnosed, have seen the patient and their family during the stages of the disease, and have cared for them in the terminal phase. Voluntary organisations, clergy, and palliative care teams often act as sources of bereavement care. The chapter focuses on the nature of grief, the features of normal and abnormal grief, and the factors affecting grief outcome. It also provides guidelines for providing grief support significant to general practitioners.

Keywords: grief; bereavement; bereavement care; terminal phase; normal grief; abnormal grief; grief support

Chapter.  2715 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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