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Holding On and Letting Go: The Red Thread of Adult Bereavement

Susan Gerbino and Mary Raymer

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work

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Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739110
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199975143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0029
Holding On and Letting Go: The Red Thread of Adult Bereavement

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This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Bereavement is a universal process, but each journey is unique.

Grief is a normative process.

Many long-held assumptions regarding grief and bereavement are not supported by empirical research.

Grief and bereavement are influenced by numerous variables, including culture, gender, and spirituality.

The efficacy of bereavement interventions is unclear.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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