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Companion Animal Loss

The grief experienced following the loss of a companion animal is real. For some people, a companion animal may be their most central and vital relationship. Pets are especially valued at times of crisis, loss or adversity. They provide social and em

Companion Animal Loss
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Ageing and self-compassion

This means consciously extending kindness to self, understanding that there is common humanity in suffering and having the ability to pay attention to the present moment without judgement. People high in self compassion may be more likely to act proa

Ageing and self-compassion
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Grief anniversaries and significant events

When we are bereaved the calendar of our life is altered forever. It becomes divided into the time before and alter the death. We may find that there will be certain times that may trigger a grief response. This response sometimes called an 'annivers

Grief anniversaries and significant events
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Non-death Grief and Loss

Often these losses have no foreseeable end. There can be a sense of helplessness as the future looks unpredictable. There may also be a disparity between future hope and the reality of life. This disparity and ongoing painful feelings can cause chron

Non-death Grief and Loss
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Resilience and Aged Care

As we age, we are more likely to experience bereavement resulting from multiple deaths as well as non-death related grief and loss. We may experience losses such as a decline in our mental and physical health, loss of memory, loss of home as we kno

Resilience and Aged Care
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What is Grief

For some, grief is expressed through obvious signs of distress and a desire to talk. For others, they may be more private or reluctant to talk and prefer to keep busy. Some people feel their grief more whereas others may think about their grief and w

What is Grief
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Grieving when your loss is not acknowledged by others

When someone can’t share their grief with others or their loss is not acknowledged or validated by others, their grief can be felt even more intensely. This is often referred to as disenfranchised grief. Disenfranchised grief can leave the bereaved p

Grieving when your loss is not acknowledged by others
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Older adults - When Grief wont heal

Grieving is the natural and inevitable human response to loss. After a significant loss we may feel like life has less meaning or we may struggle to find purpose in our existence. Bereavement is a common experience for older adults.

Older adults - When Grief wont heal

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