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Coping with Loss

Grief is how a bereavement affects us personally. It’s what we experience when we lose something or someone important to us. This experience can be particularly hard when someone close to us dies. Coping with loss means making sense of the loss and learning to live without that person. This is the work of grieving.


Good grief

In this Aware Ireland talk delivered in June 2014, Dr. Susan Delaney discusses coping with loss. She talks about grief resolution, how others see grieving, and how to manage grief.


The Irish Hospice Foundation has published a series of leaflets about grief, bereavement, and different types of loss. To browse the collection of leaflets and download copies, click here.

Coping with loss



Updated 09/12/2016

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