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Grief Work Facilitation

  • By: Beth Vaughan-Cole
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Grief is the human response to a significant loss. Often the loss is the death of a family member or close friend, but it may be the loss of a job, or a part of one's body, or loss of self-esteem. This entry primarily addresses the loss of a family member and various approaches to grief work facilitation.

Background

At times grief is used interchangeably with the terms bereavement or mourning. However, others try to distinguish between grief and bereavement, usually referring to the death of someone, and mourning, the outward manifestations of sorrow such as crying, lamenting, or wearing black as a sign of the death of a family member.

Although grief associated with death and other significant losses is a fairly common experience, the adjustment to ...

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