Most deaths occur after a terminal illness during which family members work hard to care for their loved one and say goodbye. This is an important and meaningful time for most families. Family caregivers often suffer themselves as well. They often experience pre-death grief and other difficult stressors. This webinar presents grief trajectories of bereaved caregivers from pre-death grief until three years after their loved one’s death. We identify trajectories of caregivers vulnerable to complicated grief and discuss possible intervention strategies. Given the usual high rate of professional contact in this setting, intervention should be feasible and potentially effective in fostering adaptation to loss.
- Describe the characteristics of different grief trajectories in a population of bereaved caregivers
- Explain the characteristics of vulnerable caregivers
- Recognize strategies to foster adaptation to loss and prevent grief complications
Mai-Britt Guldin is a clinical psychology specialist and bereavement researcher in palliative care at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. She is especially interested in furthering understanding loss and grief and in a public health approach to providing grief therapy. She is the author of 5 textbooks on loss and grief numerous book chapters and more than 25 research papers. She is a popular interviewee on public media. She has been teaching and training professionals in Denmark about prevention of mental illness and treatment of complicated grief for more than 10 years.
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