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“Give Sorrow Words”: Working With Bereavement in Senior Residential Settings

Aldrich, C. Knight MD

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: November 2015 - Volume 203 - Issue 11 - p 876–877
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000383

Bereavement and its consequent grief are frequent in senior residential settings. Failure to manage grief appropriately can have serious medical consequences, principally clinical depression. Focused talk with a grieving person can help ease the pain of grief; it can also help prevent complications that often lead to depression. Along with mental health professionals, staff members and volunteers can be important, and less expensive, participants in reaching this goal.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

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