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Grief and Bereavement

How to Work Through Your Grief

Grief is a reaction to loss. This does not only refer to the loss of a loved one, but can also include the loss of opportunities, goals, relationships or previous routines. Grief is a process, not an event and will take time to work through.

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Grief in the Family

Recognizing the different ways your family may grieve can help in understanding one another and prevent tension and arguments. The expression of grief is individual, but not defined by gender, personality and age.

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How to Support a Teenager Who is Grieving

Teenagers are difficult by nature- they are neither a child nor an adult and have unique needs that require support during the grief process.

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What is Anticipatory Grief

This type of grief is distinct because it is experienced while your loved one is still living. Not only are you grieving a loss that will occur in the future, but also past and present losses, such as certain abilities and opportunities.

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Child Bereavement

Children are more aware than we think and can sense when something is wrong. It is important they remain informed in order to work through their grief at the same time as the rest of the family.

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What Do You Say to Someone Who is Dying

Although it can seem difficult, communicating with someone who is dying provides tremendous support and helps ease some of the pain. Even when you don’t have the answers, feel helpless because you can’t “fix it” or have nothing to say at all, initiating a conversation gives your loved one the opportunity to be heard and reassures him/her that he/she is not alone in this experience.

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What to Expect as the Final Stage of Death Approaches

There are multiple physical and emotional changes as the final stage of death approaches.

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