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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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 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 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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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 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 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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