Bereavement & Loss
Bereavement, loss, death, passing, are all words we use when someone we know and love dies. We are seldom ready to say goodbye even when we know death is coming and may be as prepared for it as one can be. With the making of Wills, the organizing of end of life care, hospice and making sure your needs are met and honored as a patient, carer or family member. The final goodbye is often made after the high of being called in for that much needed organ transplant, only to have it fail. There are so many different ways to say goodbye and to suffer the loss of those we love.
Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after a death. When you grieve, it's part of the normal process of reacting to a loss. You may experience grief as a mental, physical, social or emotional reaction. Mental reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness and despair. Physical reactions can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, physical problems or illness.
How long bereavement lasts can depend on how close you were to the person who died, if the person's death was expected and other factors. Friends, family and faith may be sources of support. Grief counseling or grief therapy is also helpful to some people.
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