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Unit 3 – Bereavement and Grief

Following a death, people often describe feelings of shock and numbness (this is usually the first reaction to the death and people often speak of being in a daze).

In addition, experiences of overwhelming sadness, increased crying or exhaustion, anger (for example towards the person who died, the staff responsible for nursing care; personnel assisting at the time of death).

Guilt about feeling angry, about something said or had no opportunity to say, or about not being able to stop their loved one from dying.

Some people become forgetful and are less able to concentrate .

Funeral directors often see bereaved people at the start of their journey through grief and are therefore in an important position to provide them with support and guidance at a difficult time

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