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 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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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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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 associated with organ donation

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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. For many people,...

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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 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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