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 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 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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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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Role of the coroner

Whilst death is part of life, some deaths occur in circumstances where it is difficult to know exactly what has happened. People may have died naturally, but the actual cause is uncertain or people may have died in road or other accidents, by drowning, homicide, suicide or be lost at sea - cases where...

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The workplace and grief

After a death of a close relative or friend it is customary for the bereaved person to be allowed three days of compassionate leave from work. This is often not sufficient time for the funeral to be arranged or for the bereaved person to recover sufficiently emotionally. Some people find...

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Grief after death in the workplace

People go to work expecting “business as usual” and to go home at the end of the day to their families. The last thing they expect is for a co-worker to die in the workplace, from natural causes, or as a result of a tragic event. When a death does...

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Grief after a stillbirth or death of a newborn baby

The birth of a baby is expected to be a joyful event, not a sad one. No-one expects a baby to die and so the death of a baby brings many intense feelings. The grief of the parents may be overwhelming. Factors Affecting How People Grieve there are many different...

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