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In this section you will find practical guidance, information and resources on: how to say goodbye; the importance of good listening skills; and what the dying may experience as death approaches. There is also guidance on talking to children and young adults, and practical guidance on how to break bad news.
Grief is a natural process of reaction and adjustment to loss and change. When we lose someone or something that is important to us, we grieve. There are many types of losses – loss of health, loss of employment, marital breakdown, divorce and death – and the reactions we have after a loss may be very different. Every significant loss challenges us to find ways of coping with the changes that absence brings.
Children who are shielded from the truth are likely to worry, rely on overheard bits of conversation, or make up something in order to make sense of the unusual behaviours they’re observing. Many experts who work with children and youth believe that young people are better able to cope with situations if they know what is happening and feel comfortable asking questions.
Grief is our natural response to loss. Learning to live in the world without the persone who died is the work of grieving. The death of someone close often comes as a shock, even if you expected it. You can't really prepare yourself for the impact it will have on your life.
What should you tell children about death? At some time or other, all those who care for children will be faced with questions about dying. Children deserve honest answers, but as adults, we get worried about saying the wrong thing. What’s the right approach?
An overview of what needs to be done To help you understand where you are in the process, the diagram overleaf gives you an at-aglance overview. We have arranged the sections in this guide in the chronological order in which arrangements are usually made and given extra notes pages at the end for your own use.
This diary can be used to record your symptoms, when they occur and what you did to treat them. It can be taken to your health care appointments to help explain the symptoms you are experiencing. If your symptoms are not relieved by your treatment, call your health care provider.