Where Did You Get My Number?
Identifying The Bereaved
This chapter discusses the importance of identifying the bereaved, describing the author's experience in receiving a telephone call from a mother who believed that her son had lost his mind. Although he believed that he may not have been the right person for the mother to call, the author continued the conversation and found out that the reason for the child's behaviour was the death of his father just a few hours before. The chapter suggests that the identified patient, such as the son in this case, or the person identified as having problems, could be simply the family thermometer. It explains that after a parental death, the surviving parent is trying to cope with many different tasks and conflicting emotions, and that it can be hard for such parents to let their guard down enough to realize that they need help.
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