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(p. 287) Assessment and treatment issues in bereavement in later life 

(p. 287) Assessment and treatment issues in bereavement in later life
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(p. 287) Assessment and treatment issues in bereavement in later life
Author(s):

Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

, Tamarra Dupart

, Weiling Liu

, Heather Gray

, Tamiko Eto

, and Larry W. Thompson

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780198569459.003.0012
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date: 20 January 2021

This chapter reviews demographic information regarding bereavement in later life with emphasis on death of a spouse, which is generally accepted as the most common and traumatic life event that older people experience. It discusses current theories regarding various trajectories of bereavement, reviews common assessment tools used to evaluate‘normal’ and ‘complicated’ grief, and discusses intervention strategies that can be used both to facilitate normal grief responses in older adults and to provide clinical intervention for those experiencing complicated grief reactions.

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