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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, Dr. Susan Delaney discusses coping with loss. She talks about grief resolution, how others see grieving, and how to manage grief.

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Helping Yourself Cope with Loss

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Where To Go For Help

It’s important to understand that grief is a normal part of experiencing loss. Everyone grieves differently, and most people experiencing grief won’t require more than general support and information. For those who require additional support, resources are available. To understand the levels of bereavement support, look at the Pyramid of Bereavement Support If you have […] Read more >

Facing Loss

When facing an impending loss you might experience what is known as ‘anticipatory grief’. Anticipatory grief is the grieving that happens before a death or other type of significant loss. Anticipatory grief typically happens when a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal or chronic life-threatening illness like cancer, dementia, or a chronic disease. It can […] Read more >

Children’s Grief

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Adolescent grief

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Adults grieving the death of a parent

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Bereaved by Suicide

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Grieving the death of a child

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Grieving the death of someone close

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Living through the death of your partner

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Levels of Bereavement Support

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