Bereavement: Introduction | Late-Life Bereavement | Cultural Variations in Bereavement Responses | Operational Definitions of "Normal" and "Abnormal" Grief | Adaptation to Late-Life Bereavement | Risk Factors for Intensification of Grief | Interventions for Late-Life Bereavement | Anticipatory Bereavement: Hospice and Palliative
Care | Key Points | References | Suggested Readings
Late-life bereavement is an important topic
that is affecting a growing number of individuals as the population
ages. This chapter begins with a review of the demographics of bereavement,
followed by theoretical and empirical perspectives on adjustment
to the loss of a loved one. Finally, we review considerations in
the diagnosis and treatment of complicated grief.