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Surviving spousal bereavement: Insights for GPs

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posted on 2022-04-04, 05:15 authored by Pamela McgrathPamela Mcgrath, Hamish HolewaHamish Holewa, M McNaught
BACKGROUND Spousal bereavement is documented as a highly stressful event. This article presents findings from research that explored bereavement survivors’ perspectives on what support factors were most helpful to them. METHODS A qualitative telephone survey was conducted with caregiver spouses of Cittamani Hospice Service clients who died during 2005 and 2006. RESULTS Partner loss results in significant grief; the initial period is most intense but the grieving continues over a long period. Factors identified as assisting bereaved spouses include: hospice bereavement assistance provided before, during and following the bereavement; having a support network, including both informal support networks and formal support from general practitioners; and keeping active and busy. DISCUSSION General practitioners play an important role in bereavement care. Key factors assisting bereavement survivors include appropriate referral to palliative care, maintaining a supportive informal network and keeping busy.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

39

Issue

10

Start Page

780

End Page

783

Number of Pages

4

ISSN

0300-8495

Location

South Melbourne, Vic

Publisher

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Cittamani Hospice Service (Palmwoods, Qld.); Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); International Program of Psycho-Social Health Research;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Australian family physician.

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