Bereavement

Marilyn Relf

Bereavement is a universal human experience. The way it is experienced and expressed varies, reflecting such factors as the meaning of the lost relationship, personality, and ways of coping. The loss of an important relationship is a personal crisis, and, like other stressful life events, bereavement has serious health consequences for a substantial minority of people. It is associated with high mortality for some groups and up to a third of bereaved people develop a depressive illness. Help targeted at those most at risk has been shown to be effective and to make the most efficient use of scarce resources.

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