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Bereavement 

Bereavement
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Bereavement
Author(s):

Richard D.W. Hain

and Satbir Singh Jassal

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745457.003.0021
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date: 30 October 2020

Death generates different levels of grief in people, most often linked to our relationship with the individual and our social cultural upbringing. As paediatric palliative care professionals dealing with the family, we are looked towards by other health-care professionals and society to help deal with the bereavement and its associated grief. It is important to recognize that it is not our sole responsibility. This chapter approaches grief through the models of bereavement theory, in order to provide a deeper understanding of this stage. It examines bereavement issues experienced by the chronically ill child, as well as those experienced by siblings, parents, and the community around the dying child. Attention is also given to managing bereavement, with advice provided on how the multidisciplinary team can help parents during the grieving process.

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