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Grief reactions in men

It's very hard not to be influenced by, and to promote, stereotypes in the different ways in which men and women grieve. Yet, we know that men and women tend to grieve in different ways. Australian society has generally expected that men fulfill a protector/provider role, and that women fulfill a...

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Grief following the death of a child

The death of a child is one of the most difficult losses anyone can experience. The death of a young child will seem tragic and unfair to their parents, carers, family members and friends. The death of an adult child is also a great loss for parents and also may...

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Grief following sudden or unexpected death

A sudden, unexpected death can raise some complex issues for the bereaved person. A sudden death can catch people out and test what resources they have for coping.   What Is Meant By Sudden And Unexpected Death? A sudden or unexpected death can occur through a medical event such as...

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Grief following accidental or traumatic death

Death as a result of an accident or a traumatic event can raise a number of complex issues for the bereaved. People get caught up in all sorts of accidents or disasters. These may range from car or work accidents to larger civil incidents, such as bank hold-ups or terrorist...

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Grief following a miscarriage

A miscarriage is the loss of a baby before 20 weeks of pregnancy. About 1 in every 5 pregnancies ends in miscarriage; some women miscarry without having realised they are pregnant. With the realisation that the pregnancy has ended, the sense of grief and sadness can be overwhelming for both...

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Grief associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

The sudden unexplained death of a previously healthy baby is described as sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS, sometimes known as cot death. It happens out of the blue and the shock and grief can be intense for parents, remaining children, grandparents and other members of the family. The exact cause of...

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Grief associated with organ donation

Organ donation involves taking organs from a person who is dead and putting those organs in another person to help them live. Organ transplantation saves lives and improves the quality of life for many people. But this doesn't mean that it is an easy decision to make. The sudden death...

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Grief associated with death through homicide (murder)

Homicide is a crime that has a profound and lasting impact on the victim's family and friends. The grief that people experience in relation to death through homicide may be intense due to its sudden and violent nature. People can feel further distressed by having to deal with the police,...

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Suicide and grief

Suicide is known as the silent killer, not only often taking us by surprise in terms of 'who' but also for the difficulty of reporting on the actual numbers of people lost to and affected by suicide. Losing someone close through suicide can lead to a whole range of emotions...

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