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Grief following elective termination of a pregnancy

Deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy is difficult and can result in many mixed feelings. Being able to talk through the decision-making with a trusted GP or a counsellor can be helpful in that it enables a woman to explore the choices she has. An elective termination or...

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Grief following the loss of an animal: the loss of livestock

When Livestock Dies Or Has To Be Destroyed The bond between owners and animals kept for utilitarian purposes, such as for farming, is different to the bond people form with a companion animal. However, there is often a deep emotional investment for the owners of livestock. Grief and loss may...

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Grief in children

Children are deeply affected by the death of someone they love or care about. Even the youngest children are able to sense loss and experience grief. They may express their reactions and emotions directly or they may try to outwardly appear unconcerned about the event. In either case they will be...

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What is Grief?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Grief is something which every one of us has to face in life. It is the human response to loss, and there are many losses in our lives. The most common cause of grief is the death of someone close, but people also experience loss in many other ways...

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Unrecognised or hidden grief

Would you know if someone close to you had a significant loss? Most people would confidently reply "Yes!" We generally expect to recognise the grief of family and friends. However, many major losses and the grief that follows can remain hidden from others or unacknowledged. There is a name to...

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Grief in HIV/AIDS related death

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) have challenged society over the past four decades. Issues for HIV positive people are complex and may complicate the processes of grief, public expressions of mourning and post death healing. Attitudes To People Who Are HIV Positive Community attitudes have...

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Grief associated with cancer and illness related death

Learning The Diagnosis The diagnosis or a life-threatening illness such as cancer, dementia, motor neurone or other neurological diseases, cardiac or respiratory disease, or kidney failure, is a devastating event for all involved. It can bring with it a range of intense emotions and reactions, which may include sadness, anger,...

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Grief associated with military service

Veterans In The Contemporary Context In the past, a veteran was often seen as a male who fought in an overseas conflict. Currently, however, veterans may be better understood as those of any gender who have served in any role in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This change recognises increasing...

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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 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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