What we know
Grief is a process of responding to a loss and it can affect all parts of a person’s life. An older person may grieve in response to a decline in physical, mental and cognitive health by virtue of their age. Bereavement is the period of grieving experienced by family and friends in response to the death of a loved one. A wide range of negative health outcomes for older adults are associated with bereavement. Understanding bereavement and how to support positive health behaviours of older adults is an important endeavour and consistent with the philosophy of palliative care.