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Talking about death: how to help people with learning disabilities make sense of loss

Nurses can offer valuable support through the grieving process

Nurses can offer valuable support through the grieving process

  • With the right support most people with a learning disability can progress normally through the grieving process
  • If the reality of death is denied, grieving may stall or never even begin
  • Use clear language and be upfront and honest when discussing bereavement

We all react differently to bereavement and that is as true for people with learning disabilities as for anyone else.

Yet assumptions are often made. As a result, when a person with a learning disability loses someone close, the reality of death may be denied. Grieving may then stall or never begin.

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