Bereavement in Later Life

Perry, Emma ORCID: 0000-0002-7973-5055 (2023) Bereavement in Later Life. In: Encyclopedia of Thanatology. Taylor and Francis. (In Press)

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Later life is often thought of as a time characterised by loss and decline. Indeed, older adults can experience a number of changes and significant life events such as entering widowhood, death of friends, loss of their home and changes in health and well-being which result in bereavement. When death occurs in this life stage, it is typically seen as timely, natural and accepted with ease by the older generation. It can be assumed that the frequency that older people encounter loss results in it being easier to manage, however, this is not always the case. The impact of loss can be cumulative and as difficult for older people as younger generations. Indeed Thompson (2002) cautions against applying ageist assumptions and stereotypes when considering bereavement at this life stage as doing so can devalue and deny the strength of feelings and importance given to these areas by older people.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Active ageing; Ageing in place; Disenfranchised grief
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV40-69 Social Work
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Emma Perry
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2023 12:13
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2023 08:30

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