Bereavement is defined as a period of grief and mourning following the death of a loved one. It is considered part of a normal reaction to loss through death. During bereavement all areas of functioning can be affected, and responses include mental, physical, social, and emotional reactions. The length and intensity of the reactions are influenced by a number of factors. These include the type and degree of attachment to the deceased, nature of the relationship to the deceased, whether the death was sudden or expected, the type of loss (e.g., natural causes, suicide, accidental), when the death occurred in the life span, how the bereaved dealt with previous loss, the internal resources of the bereaved, and the support network of the bereaved. There ...

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