Encyclopaedia of Gerontology and Population Aging : Bereavement and Loss


Bereavement refers to the period during which a person adjusts to the death of a significant loved one (Stroebe et al. 2007; Perng and Renz 2018). Given the irreversible nature of death, bereavement is painful and disruptive. There are different types of bereavement, and the death of a spouse is often considered one of the most stressful but inevitable life transitions. It imposes psychosocial, emotional, and physical challenges on the bereaved (Shin et al. 2018).