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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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What Do I Say When Someone Is Grieving?

When a person is grieving it can be hard to know what to say. The empathy we feel may urge us to want to ‘take away’ a person’s suffering or distract them from painful feelings. We might feel uncomfortable with tears or worry that we have caused unne

What Do I Say When Someone Is Grieving?
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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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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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Uncertainty and Aged Care

Grief, loss and uncertainty go hand-in-hand. As we age, we are more likely to experience losses and stressors such as the death of a partner or friend, declining mental and physical health, dependency on others or a lowered ability to engage in enjoy

Uncertainty and Aged Care
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Working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Grief and Bereavement - A Resource for Workers

This Fact Sheet aims to provide general guidelines only, relating to grief and bereavement practices in both regional and urban communities. Workers are advised to always consult with the individuals and families they work with to obtain an understan

Working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Grief and Bereavement - A Resource for Workers
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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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