"Support is too fragmented": the bereavement needs of carers and the presence of Prolonged Grief Disorder.

Mary O'Brien, Barbara Jack, Andrew Kirkcaldy, S Bell, Katherine Knighting, Brenda Roe

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Abstract

Background: The necessity of assessing and meeting family carers' needs during end-of-life care and into bereavement is widely acknowledge, but less attention has been paid to the estimated 10% of family carers experiencing bereavement who develop 'Prolonged Grief Disorder' (PGD). PGD, typically formally diagnosed six months post-bereavement, involves a markedly intense reaction to a loved one's death. Symptoms include difficulty accepting the loss, bitterness, numbness, identity disorientation and a feeling of being stuck in grief. Aims: To explore the experience and awareness of bereavement support and PGD with carers and health/social care professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
Event14th Congress for the European Association for Palliative Care - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 1 May 2015 → …

Conference

Conference14th Congress for the European Association for Palliative Care
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period1/05/15 → …

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