We have already reminded ourselves that people mourn in different ways. To expect every family you serve to respond to a death in the same way would be inappropriate. Perhaps a helpful procedure at this point would be to review some of the many factors that influence how different people respond to the death of someone.

While ten factors are outlined in this section of this book, they are not intended to be all-inclusive. However, your awareness of these influences should prove to enhance your capacity to understand and assist bereaved families. Following each factor are guidelines in the form of questions for you as a helper to keep in mind as you enter the helping relationship. These questions should ...

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