Care Giving and Grief
Dorothy S. Becvar
1. Those who are dying or mourning the death of a loved one go through predictable stages of grief. 2. Grief is a time-limited process. 3. Resolution of griej occurs when one has worked through, and thus gotten over, the loss. 4. The prognosis for long-term recoveryfrom loss due to sudden death is more negative than recovery from a loss due to anticipated death. 5. Anticipatory mourning refers to ideas and expectations regarding how one will feel following the death of a loved one. 6. The boundary between life and death has blurred in recent years. 7. Therapists should seek legal and professional counsel when euthanasia issues arise while working with dying patients or their loved ones. 8. The death of a child usually brings parents closer together. 9. The greatest fear of preschool age children whose sibling dies is that they may have said or done something that caused the death. 10. The reactions of young children to the death of a parent is similar to those experienced by children when a sibling dies. 11. When a spouse or partner dies suddenly, the surviving spouse or partner experiences greater pain than when the death is anticipated. 12. The toss of a pet may be as painful as the death of a family member. 13. In most states, caring for the body and preparing for burial or cremation requires the involvement of a funeral director or undertaker.