“Everyone at some point will experience the death of someone close to them. Grief is the normal emotional reaction to loss, but the course and consequences of bereavement will vary for each individual. Palliative care integrates the psychological, spiritual, and cultural aspects of care, and offers a support system to help carers and families cope during the person’s illness and in bereavement.

Grief can be experienced across many domains including emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual, where a person’s experience of grief can vary widely, often influenced by culture, gender, and belief systems. Bereavement can be emotionally intense, destabilising and exhausting.”

Presentation Slides

Samantha McDonnell – Bereavement Service Coordinator Central Adelaide Palliative Care Service

Elizabeth Wright – Psychosocial Lead Central Adelaide Palliative Care Service