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    Grief, Bereavement, and Coping With Loss (PDQ®): Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI] - Overview

    People cope with the loss of a loved one in different ways. Most people who experience grief will cope well. Others will have severe grief and may need treatment. There are many things that can affect the grief process of someone who has lost a loved one to cancer. They include:

    • The personality of the person who is grieving.
    • The relationship with the person who died.
    • The loved one's cancer experience and the way the disease progressed.
    • The grieving person's coping skills and mental health history.
    • The amount of support the grieving person has.
    • The grieving person's cultural and religious background.
    • The grieving person's social and financial position.

    This summary defines grief and bereavement and describes the different types of grief reactions, treatments for grief, important issues for grieving children, and cultural responses to grief and loss. It is intended as a resource to help caregivers of cancer patients.

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    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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