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A Winding Path 

A Winding Path
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A Winding Path
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Meghan L. Marsac

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10.1093/med/9780190051853.003.0036
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date: 22 April 2021

Anticipatory grief and bereavement include a range of emotional reactions leading up to and following the loss of a child. Grief often involves reactions related to both the loss of life and other losses, such as expectations, hopes, and dreams that the child and their family had. Individual family members express grief in different ways. Medical teams have the opportunity to help prepare families and guide them through the grief process. Medical teams may be particularly helpful in guiding parents about what reactions to expect in themselves, how to support their dying child, and how to support surviving siblings. Medical teams also have the opportunity to identify individuals who are exhibiting more extreme, impairing, persistent reactions and refer these individuals for additional services.

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