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Resources and information on bereavement and grief for the public and healthcare professionals.

Bereavement and Grief - Resources and Support

These pages provide information and resources about bereavement and loss.

For more information information on bereavement, including details of workshops and education programmes visit the dedicated bereavement section of the Irish Hospice Foundation's website.  

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News about bereavement and grief

I can't talk to my mum about the future, only reach into the space she left'  – Irish Times [online] Mar 24      

Funding provided for end-of-life sanctuaries  – Irish Health [online] Mar 22      

We watched Oliver’s funeral on Facetime from Australia  – Irish Times [online] Mar 21    

We had to say goodbye to our baby before he'd even said hello' - Mum shares heartbreaking story of losing her sonIrish Times [online] Mar 20      

Pricewatch casts a cold eye on the cost of death  – Irish Times [online] Mar 20      
What will happen to your Facebook account when you die? – The Journal  [online] Mar 11     


Recent Articles & Commentary


** Irish Research  

**Complicated grief: Knowledge, attitudes, skills and training of mental health professionals: A systematic review.

Abstract; OBJECTIVE: A systematic review and qualitative synthesis was undertaken to deduce the knowledge, attitudes, skills and training of mental health professionals regarding complicated grief (CG). METHODS: PsychInfo, Embase, Medline, CINAHL, PBSC, Web of Science and ERIC databases were used to identify relevant literature. Searches were executed from inception to September 2014. RESULTS: The electronic search yielded 305 results. Forty-one papers were selected for full text review, 20 were included for analysis. 6 examined primary data, the remaining 14 being reviews, opinion or guideline pieces. CONCLUSIONS: Despite the lack of consensus on terminology, criteria and diagnosis, it appears that there is more than sufficient agreement within the CG research community regarding the knowledge and skills required to assist someone presenting with CG. A palpable fear of medicalising grief exists, but this would seem to be based on a conflation of normal grief and CG. This review highlights the mainly unidirectional nature of current research, the voice of the practitioner being largely unheard. A need for and an interest in training in CG was expressed.

**The Spiritual and Theological Challenges of Stillbirth for Bereaved Parents
Abstract; Stillbirth is recognized as one of the most challenging experiences of bereavement raising significant spiritual and theological questions. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with bereaved parents cared for in a tertiary maternity hospital to explore the spiritual impact of stillbirth. Data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Stillbirth was identified as an immensely challenging spiritual and personal experience with enduring impact for parents. The superordinate themes to emerge were searching for meaning, maintaining hope and questioning core beliefs. 

Prevalence of prolonged grief disorder in adult bereavement: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Abstract; Background: Prolonged grief disorder (PGD) is a bereavement-specific syndrome expected to be included in the forthcoming ICD-11. Defining the prevalence of PGD will have important nosological, clinical, and therapeutic implications. The present systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to estimate the prevalence rate of PGD in the adult bereaved population, identify possible moderators, and explore methodological quality of studies in this area. 

Taking the lead; Supporting staff in coping with grief and loss in dementia care
 Healthcare providers working with people living with dementia often experience a profound sense of grief when the person they support dies or moves to an alternative level of care. Unattended staff grief can impact healthcare leaders by reducing quality of care, increasing staff turnover and absenteeism, lowering morale, and creating a greater risk of long-term staff health problems. Organizational and self-care strategies can mitigate these challenges. Introduction; Healthcare providers working with people having dementia often experience a profound sense of grief when a person dies. In long-term care, it is estimated that up to 39% of residents are anticipated to die each year by the year 2020.1 The staff in these settings experience the death of a client on a regular basis, yet few initiatives exist to address their grief and loss.2,3 Similarly, in community-based settings, loss not only can result from client deaths but also transition to other levels of care. OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE - READ FULL TEXT  >>> 


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