Widowhood and Bereavement in Late Life

  • Richard K. Morycz
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)

Abstract

Loss is a part of life and grief is a universal response to loss. Throughout a person’s life, a variety of losses can occur: losses that are a normal part of a particular life stage, losses that are part of a culture or society in which one lives, and losses that are a product of an interaction betweem other losses. For example, one may lose a relationship due to death or disability or a divorce and be relocated because of a job. The result is a loss of social interaction. As one ages, losses occur with more variety, more frequency, and less time between them. Losses can include a change or loss in role, ownership, physical or mental capacity, finances, group or club membership, environment, relationship, neighborhood or community, and social interaction or contact. These major losses are sources of grief and causes of stress; the losses can occur so close to each other in time that another loss happens before the person gets over the previous loss. Life can be a chain of losses, and the most recent loss can resurrect old, seemingly unrelated losses and make a person feel quite inadequate. Time may not necessarily be the great healer.

Keywords

Social Support Life Satisfaction Stressful Life Event Adult Child Depressive Symptomatology 
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  • Richard K. Morycz
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  1. 1.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicPittsburghUSA

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