Articles: PDF OnlyTING S. M.; LI, P.; LAU, F. L.; CHAN, Y. C.; CHAN, Y. K.; LAI, P. W.; CHOI, K.; AU, A.; CHEUNG, B.; TSE, C. Y.European Journal of Emergency Medicine: September 1999 - p 237-243 Buy Abstract The aims of our study were to study the early impact of bereavement and to evaluate the effectiveness of the bereavement care given by our multidisciplinary team to close relatives of a sudden death, measured by the intensity of grief reaction (Texas Revised Inventory of Grief). The study sample consisted of close relatives of patients certified dead at the accident and emergency department (AED) between March 1996 and February 1997. The relatives received immediate care at the AED and were supported continually by the members of the bereavement care team. The control sample (without acute bereavement care) consisted of close relatives contacted by the liaison nursing officer in the previous year. The intensity of grief reactions were assessed by the volunteer grief counsellors at 6 months. The mean score of the intensity of grief reactions were 41.8 and 34.6 in the control (n = 11) and study (n = 18) groups respectively among high risk sample (p = 0.04). However, in the low risk sample, the mean scores were 35.3 and 30.2 in the control (n = 18) and study (n = 25) groups respectively (p = 0.11). Our study suggests that the bereavement care was especially effective in reducing the intensity of the grief at 6 months in the high risk group. © 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.