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PSY 180 - Psychology of Aging - Textbook


Grief and Bereavement

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Basic Terms

  • Depression
  • Common grief responses
  • Anxiety
  • Differences in loss
  • Dealing with grief


(Learning Objectives, Key Points, and Basic Terms content by Professor Stacey Cooper is licensed under CC BY 4.0.)


"Grief is not depression. Grief and bereavement are not disorders or illnesses. Like stress, grief is a part of everyone’s life and a perfectly normal response to significant loss. Individual experiences of intensity and duration of grief are different. There is no “right” way to grieve. Grief is a natural response and may come with a loss of any kind (whether it was expected or not, whether it is the loss of a pet or a job or financial security). Sometimes one loss seems to lead to another and as losses compound, people are at higher risk for developing a mental health disorder."