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Supportive Care in Heart Failure$
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James Beattie and Sarah Goodlin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570288

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570288.001.0001

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Bereavement Support for Patients and Families

Bereavement Support for Patients and Families

(p.377) Chapter 20 Bereavement Support for Patients and Families
Supportive Care in Heart Failure

Diane Snyder Cowan

Karen Hatfield

Oxford University Press

The words grief and mourning are commonly interchanged. Simply, grief refers to an internal response, while mourning is the outward expression of the loss. This chapter thus refers to both. It specifically examines the grief of the patient and family, including the primary caregiver, during the disease as well as that which occurs after the patient's death. The chapter also provides suggestions on how to support the grieving patient and family. It begins by addressing the challenges of living with heart failure (HF). The reactions of bereaved families are reported. Additionally, the grief reactions and clinical interventions are explained. It then deals with the strategies for clinicians to interact with those who are grieving. Finally, it covers the complicated relationship between grief and depression. Bereavement support facilitates the adjustment of caregivers learning new skills and gaining experience in new roles.

Keywords:   heart failure, grief, mourning, patient, family, bereavement support, depression

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