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Fredrika de Villiers
Curationis | Vol 8, No 3 | a616 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v8i3.616 | © 1985 Fredrika de Villiers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 1985 | Published: 27 September 1985

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Fredrika de Villiers,, South Africa

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Abstract

The mourning process is a normal and universal reaction to loss. Awareness of the loss, confrontation and adaption are the main phases of the mourning process, although each mourner’s reactions are highly individulised. Mourning can be regarded as essential “work” — which can never be escaped. The bond with the deceased must be untied, the mourner must adapt to the new environment without the loved one and then form new relationships. In offering support to mourners one should be there, allow them to express their emotions in their own way and to talk about the deceased and their feelings of guilt. One should also lead them to understand that their reaction is normal and that the work of mourning must be completed. After considerable time sensitive attempts may be made to direct the mourner to the future.

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