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(p. 255) Module 9: Skills for Living with Loss: Bereavement and Grief 

(p. 255) Module 9: Skills for Living with Loss: Bereavement and Grief
(p. 255) Module 9: Skills for Living with Loss: Bereavement and Grief

Ann M. Steffen

, Larry W. Thompson

, and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

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date: 23 May 2022

Middle-aged and older adults experience the deaths of pets, friends, parents, siblings, and life partners. Other losses are related to retirement, declining health, moves, and loss of roles that have been important parts of personal identity. This chapter suggests clinical tools to support clients’ grieving processes and management of daily life while living with loss. Clinical tasks include being present to and normalizing common grief reactions. This chapter describes the Practice forms provided in the workbook for aging clients’ use between psychotherapy and integrated primary care sessions to remember and use these skills. Clinicians are encouraged to apply recommended grief therapy strategies that are responsive to the needs of culturally diverse aging clients, including within the context of telehealth.

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