Family care before and after bereavement

David Kissane, Wendy G. Lichtenthal, Talia Zaider

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Distress reverberates throughout the family during palliative care and bereavement, inviting consideration of a family-centered model of care. Targeting families thought to be "at risk" has merit. The Family Focused Grief Therapy model was tested in a randomized controlled trial of 81 families (353 individuals) and bereavement outcome is reported here for treatment completers compared to controls. There were no significant baseline differences between treatment completers and non-completers. Significant reduction in distress occurred at 13 months post death for the families completing treatment, with further improvements for the 10% of individuals most distressed at baseline. A preventive model of family-centered care applied to those at greatest risk is meritorious and in keeping with the aspirations of Cicely Saunders for improving the quality of hospice care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-32
Number of pages12
JournalOmega: Journal of Death and Dying
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2007

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