Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Bereavement and Grief.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Palliative care (PC) focuses on caring for the whole person, from birth to death, while managing symptoms and helping to navigate medical complexities. Care does not stop at the time of death, however, as assisting patients, families, and fellow clinicians through grief and bereavement is within PC's purview. Unfortunately, many clinicians feel unprepared to deal with these topics. In this article, PC and hospice clinicians define and explain bereavement, distinguish normative grief from pathological grief, offer psychometrically sound scales to screen and follow those suffering from grief, and discuss the interaction between grief and bereavement and the physical and mental health of those who are left behind after the death of a loved one.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Riordan, PA; Price, M; Robbins-Welty, GA; Leff, V; Jones, CA; Prigerson, HG; Galanos, A

Published Date

  • August 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1098 - 1103

PubMed ID

  • 32614632

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-7740

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1089/jpm.2020.0341


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States