Grief or depression that accompanies a great personal loss, usually of a loved one. Depressed mood at this time is considered normal, although the individual may seek professional help for associated symptoms of insomnia or lack of appetite. If symptoms last over 2 months, the person may be diagnosed with Major Depression.
means the period of time, usually occurring within the first year after the loss, during which a person or group of people experiences, responds emotionally to, and adjusts to the loss by death of another person.
An important element of hospice care is an assessment of the needs of the bereaved family, and the development of a care plan that meets these needs, both prior to, and following the death of a patient. Hospice encourages the expression of grief, recognizes social/religious and ethnic variables in bereavement, and supports staff and family participation in meaningful funeral services and rituals. (National Hospice Organization glossary)
The period after a loss during which grief is experienced. The time spent in a period of bereavement depends on how attached the person was to the person who died, and how much time was spent anticipating the loss.
Offers support and counselling to people who have experienced the death of family member or friend. Services may be available through the public hospital system or if independent will incur a fee for counselling and may be reimbursed through private health cover. Palliative care services offer follow up bereavement support (see Palliative Care).
To dream of the bereavement of a child, warns you that your plans will meet with quick frustration, and where you expect success there will be failure. Bereavement of relatives, or friends, denotes disappointment in well matured plans and a poor outlook for the future.