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A Time for Listening and CaringSpirituality and the Care of the Chronically Ill and
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Christina M. Puchalski

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146820.001.0001

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Grief: A Wall or a Door

Grief: A Wall or a Door

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(p.331) 21 Grief: A Wall or a Door
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A Time for Listening and Caring
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Christina M. Puchalski (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146820.003.0021

This chapter discusses the concept of grief in the context of palliative care. It explains that grief is the natural reaction to the loss of someone or something to which we have formed a strong bond or attachment, and that it is a universal occurrence, individually experienced and repeatedly encountered. The chapter also shows how theorists' conception of grief works, and describes the rituals associated with grief and the author's experience of it.

Keywords:   grief, palliative care, rituals, attachment, universal occurrence

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