Assessment of the risk of adverse bereavement outcomes is difficult. The first part of this chapter provides guidelines, based on the best available evidence, to assist in the identification of people at risk of adverse bereavement outcomes. The second part discusses the place of the health professional's own bereavement history, notes the importance of grief education and understanding the person and family and provides examples of different types of general bereavement support.
- underlying assumptions
- Timing and people involved
- The concept of 'complicated bereavement'
- Targeting bereavement interventions
- The guidelines
- Personal experience
- Education about grief
- Understanding the patient and family
- Bereavement support
- Appendix 20.1- Checklist of risk factors for complicated bereavement outcomes