Changes in health status are often referred to in the context of the experience of ‘loss’. We can talk about people experiencing loss when there has been: the loss of a relationship through death or separation; failure, removal or alteration of body parts, whether internal or external; or an alteration in physical, psychological or social functioning, such as intellectual capacity, income, role, self-esteem, well-being, security, leisure or sporting activities. Such experiences may be acute or gradual and progressive, temporary or permanent, actual or potential, sudden or anticipated, obvious to others or possible to conceal.
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