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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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

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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