Support for bereaved family carers

Sheila Payne and Liz Rolls

in Family Carers in Palliative Care

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216901
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730252 | DOI:
Support for bereaved family carers

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This chapter examines the disjunction between services for family carers during the life-time of the patient and those available following bereavement. It introduces different approaches to conceptualizing bereavement and loss and provides an overview of three overarching theoretical perspectives that have come to dominate the way bereavement and loss is viewed in developed societies, especially in healthcare contexts. It analyses relevant data from Great Britain and suggests that support for adults mostly relies on talking, while family carer support for children serves as both support for children and their needs and support to parents in parenting a bereaved child.

Keywords: talking; bereavement; healthcare contexts; children; Great Britain

Chapter.  8026 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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