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Grief and Loss

  • By: Michael Robert Dennis
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Whereas bereavement is the condition of having suffered the death of another, grief is the physical, mental, emotional, and social experience of that loss. Grief is often associated with feelings of profound sadness but its impacts are not limited to the emotional level. Mourning involves the reactions and activities engaged in as one deals with loss and grief. Grief can interfere with people's bodies, social lives, and identities. It may weaken the will to go on. Thankfully, grief often becomes more endurable with appropriate coping resources and the passing of time.

Grief is a psychological phenomenon comprised of a constellation of emotions that also generate physical symptoms. It is experienced differently on the bases of era, culture, nature of the loss, and personal coping styles. Interaction ...

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