The Experience of Bereavement by Older Adults

  • Patricia A. Wisocki
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Bereavement is generally a normal response to loss, an experience shared by all ages and all cultures and even by a number of species (Averill, 1979). It is not an experience unique to the oldest among us, but it probably happens most often and most regularly to them. For example, each year in the United States approximately 800,000 people lose a spouse (Murrell & Himmelfarb, 1989). Most of these people are over age 60. LaRue, Dessonville, and Jarvik (1985) reported that 51% of women and 13.6% of men over the age of 65 have been widowed at least once.


Social Support Depressive Symptomatology Older Adult Grief Reaction Life Change Event 
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  • Patricia A. Wisocki
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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