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Articles  |   September 2002
The grief process for patient, family, and physician
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Pain Management/Palliative Care / Palliative Care
Articles   |   September 2002
The grief process for patient, family, and physician
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, September 2002, Vol. 102, 28S. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, September 2002, Vol. 102, 28S. doi:
Abstract

In the grieving process, patient, family, and health professionals have the same needs-rest, relaxation, nourishment, a sense of security, trust, hope in the future, and humor among them. Grief, defined as a shared, universal, and natural neuropsychobiologic expression in response to loss, is distinct from mourning, a practice that varies in expression across diverse cultures. To aid in an understanding of grief and its effects, the author looks at the models for grief proposed by Kubler-Ross, Bowlby, Parkes, Worden, and Wolfelt. Addressing patients' concerns requires physicians be empathic, attentive, and respective and have willingness to take time, be present, and listen.