This entry describes the experiential aftermath of the loss of a loved one, referred to as bereavement. Most people experience such a loss in their lifetime—usually several losses. However, the experience is an individual one, influenced by a variety of factors. Bereavement can affect a person’s physical and mental health, social relationships, and even spiritual beliefs. Grieving is a process that evolves over time, as the person adapts to the changes that inevitably follow loss. Expressions of grief and challenges associated with bereavement vary as a function of the age, life circumstances, and culture of the survivor, as well as the circumstances of the death. This entry touches on each of these factors, with particular attention given to developmental influences.


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