Grief after the death of a sibling

The impact of the death of a person in some relationships does not always receive the attention it deserves. Siblings are often referred to as the “forgotten grievers.” The sibling relationship can often be the longest relationship individuals will have in their life, and that kind of bond typically takes...

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Grief reactions associated with the death of an LGBTIQ+ partner

Some lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or queer people have supportive birth families who recognise their queer relationships. In this instance, they may have the support of their family as they experience grief after the loss of a partner. Other people, however, have complex or challenging relationships with their birth...

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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 reactions in carers

A carer is someone who provides care and support for a parent, partner, child, or friend who has a disability, is frail, aged, or who has a chronic mental or physical illness. Carers come from all cultural and social backgrounds and range greatly in age. Some care for love alone;...

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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 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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