anticipatory grief and people with learning disabilities
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anticipatory grief and people with learning disabilities

David Elliott Community Learning Disabilities Nurse, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Chris Dale Independent/Supplementary Nurse Prescriber, Community Nurse Manager/Nurse Prescriber, Cedar House, near Wolverhampton

Using some of their own experiences, David Elliott and Chris Dale highlight how community nurses are ideally placed to support people with learning disabilities who face the impending death of a loved one

The death of a close family member or friend can have a devastating impact on a person with learning disabilities (Hollins and Esterhuyzen 1997, Oswin 1991), particularly when a death is unexpected and sudden. By contrast, an anticipated death resulting from old age or a terminal illness such as cancer provides an opportunity to prepare for the death and the loss to come (Raphael 1984).

Learning Disability Practice. 10, 6,28-31. doi: 10.7748/ldp2007.

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