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Can bereavement occur during the long goodbye of dementia?
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Dr. Laura Davies
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Dementia is very hard on the whole family.
The patient initially feels very frustrated, but then later is not aware of the changes. However, loved ones see the same person, who will often need a lot of attention but not even recognize them. This can lead to a complicated bereavement. It is hard for others to understand that you are mourning someone still physically there, but it is common.

In brief: Yes
Dementia is very hard on the whole family.
The patient initially feels very frustrated, but then later is not aware of the changes. However, loved ones see the same person, who will often need a lot of attention but not even recognize them. This can lead to a complicated bereavement. It is hard for others to understand that you are mourning someone still physically there, but it is common.
Dr. Laura Davies
Dr. Laura Davies
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Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Definetely
Progressive dementia is sometimes called 'an ongoing funeral".

In brief: Definetely
Progressive dementia is sometimes called 'an ongoing funeral".
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
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