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Loss can be described as being deprived or being without; or no longer having what one would prefer to keep, which can be predictable (such as an impending divorce) or non-predictable (such as a sudden death or ill health). The most important loss is often perceived as the death of someone close, perhaps because of its potential impact, its finality and its irreversibility (Read, 2007). There is a developing literature around loss generally, and death specifically, particularly in relation to people with a learning disability.

Key Points
  • Loss is universal.
  • Marginalised groups may experience disenfranchised loss, death and grief.
  • People with a learning disability usually experience multiple and successive loss.
  • People with a learning disability may require specific help and support to deal with loss.

Oswin (1991: 15) recognised the ...

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