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

Holding On and Letting Go: The Red Thread of Adult Bereavement
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Holding On and Letting Go: The Red Thread of Adult Bereavement
Author(s):

Susan Gerbino

and Mary Raymer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0029
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date: 08 August 2020

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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