Review collection - bereavement, grief and loss

226 reviews

Bereavement, grief and loss 149 reviews
Bereavement paediatrics 56 reviews
Bereavement complicated grief 26 reviews

Bereavement, grief and loss - 149 reviews


Liang HJ, Xiong Q, Remawi BN, Preston N. Taiwanese family members' bereavement experience following an expected death: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. BMC Palliat Care. 2024;23(1):14.


Andrade ALM, Scatena A, Lavezzo B de O, Reichert RA, De Micheli D, Lopes FM. Substance use disorder among bereaved individuals: A systematic review. Paidéia. 2023;33:e3308.

Danielson K, Colman H. Supporting Children Through Grief: A Content Analysis of Picturebooks About Death. Early Childhood Educ J. 2023 Jun 27. doi: 10.1007/s10643-023-01529-0.

Dehpour T, Koffman J. Assessment of anticipatory grief in informal caregivers of dependants with dementia: a systematic review. Aging Ment Health. 2023 Jan;27(1):110-123. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2022.2032599. Epub 2022 Feb 15.

Firouzkouhi M, Alimohammadi N, Abdollahimohammad A, Bagheri G, Farzi J. Bereaved families views on the death of loved ones due to COVID 19: An integrative review. Omega (Westport). 2023 Nov;88(1):4-19.

Gibson Watt T, Gillanders D, Spiller JA, Finucane AM. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for people with advanced progressive illness, their caregivers and staff involved in their care: A scoping review. Palliat Med. 2023 Jul 25:2692163231183101. doi: 10.1177/02692163231183101. Epub ahead of print.

Hewson H, Galbraith N, Jones C, Heath G. The impact of continuing bonds following bereavement: A systematic review. Death Stud. 2023 Jun 19:1-14. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2023.2223593. Epub ahead of print.

Labram AH, Johnston B, McGuire M. An integrative literature review examining the key elements of bereavement follow-up interventions in critical care. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2023 Sep 1;17(3):193-207. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000666. Epub 2023 Jul 10.

MacNeil A, Findlay B, Bimman R, Hocking T, Barclay T, Ho J. Exploring the use of virtual funerals during the covid-19 pandemic: A scoping review. Omega (Westport). 2023;88(2):425-448.

Monk J, Black J, Carter RZ, Hassan E. Bereavement in the context of homelessness: A rapid review. Death Stud. 2023 Aug 10:1-10. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2023.2246134. Epub ahead of print.

Rupp L, Seidel K, Penger S, Haberstroh J. Reducing Dementia Grief Through Psychosocial Interventions. Eur Psychol. 2023;28(2):83-94. Epub 2023 May 19.

Sánchez-Alcón M, Sánchez-Ramos JL, Garrido-Fernández A, Sosa-Cordobés E, Ortega-Galán Á M, Ramos-Pichardo JD. Effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving grief and depression in caregivers of people with dementia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2023 Oct;32(5):1211-1224.

Stephen A, Baguley F. The experience and support needs of adult family members who face a sudden adult death: A systematic review study. Bereavement. 2023;2.

Trucco AP, Backhouse T, Mioshi E, Kishita N. Factors associated with grief in informal carers of people living with Motor Neuron Disease: A mixed methods systematic review. Death Stud. 2023 Mar 30:1-15. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2023.2191351. Epub ahead of print.

Walker W, Efstathiou N, Jones J, Collins P, Jennens H. Family experiences of in-hospital end-of-life care for adults: A systematic review of qualitative evidence. J Clin Nurs. 2023 May;32(9-10):2252-2269. doi: 10.1111/jocn.16268. Epub 2022 Mar 24.

Yazdan R, Corey K, Messer SJ, Kim EH, Roberts KE, Selwyn PA, Weinberger AH. Hospital-Based Interventions to Address Provider Grief: A Narrative Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023 Mar 9:S0885-3924(23)00401-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2023.03.001. Epub ahead of print.


Bloomer MJ, Ranse K, Adams L, Brooks L, Coventry A. "Time and life is fragile": An integrative review of nurses' experiences after patient death in adult critical care. Aust Crit Care. 2022 Nov 9:S1036-7314(22)00200-4. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2022.09.008. Epub ahead of print.

Boven C, Dillen L, Van den Block L, Piers R, Van Den Noortgate N, Van Humbeeck L. In-Hospital Bereavement Services as an Act of Care and a Challenge: An Integrative Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022 Mar;63(3):e295-e316. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2021.10.008. Epub 2021 Oct 22.

Brekelmans ACM, Ramnarain D, Pouwels S. Bereavement support programs in the Intensive Care Unit: a systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022 May 23:S0885-3924(22)00740-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.05.008. Epub ahead of print.

Crawley S, Sampson EL, Moore KJ, Kupeli N, West E. Grief in family carers of people living with dementia: A systematic review. Int Psychogeriatr. 2022 Jan 28:1-32. doi: 10.1017/S1041610221002787. Epub ahead of print.

Diggle MFJ, Schutz S, Butcher D. Bereaved Caregivers' Experiences of End of Life Care For People With Advanced Heart Failure: A Narrative Synthesis. Omega (Westport). 2022 Sep 13:302228221124636. doi: 10.1177/00302228221124636. Epub ahead of print.

Hasdenteufel M, Quintard B. Psychosocial factors affecting the bereavement experience of relatives of palliative-stage cancer patients: a systematic review. BMC Palliat Care. 2022 Nov 30;21(1):212. doi: 10.1186/s12904-022-01096-y.

Jessop M, Fischer A, Good P. Impact of expected parental death on the health of adolescent and young adult children: A systematic review of the literature. Palliat Med. 2022 May 5:2692163221092618. doi: 10.1177/02692163221092618. Epub ahead of print.

Jones K, Methley A, Boyle G, Garcia R, Vseteckova J. A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Managing Grief Experienced by Bereaved Spouses or Partners of Adults Who Had Received Palliative Care. Illn Crisis Loss. 2022 Oct;30(4):596-613. doi: 10.1177/10541373211000175.

McGill K, Bhullar N, Pearce T, Batterham PJ, Wayland S, Maple M. Effectiveness of Brief Contact Interventions for Bereavement: A Systematic Review. Omega (Westport). 2022 Jun 25:302228221108289. doi: 10.1177/00302228221108289. Epub ahead of print.

Patinadan PV, Tan-Ho G, Choo PY, Ho AHY. Resolving anticipatory grief and enhancing dignity at the end-of life: A systematic review of palliative interventions. Death Stud. 2022;46(2):337-350. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1728426. Epub 2020 Feb 21.

Pentaris P, Patlamazoglou L, Schaub J. The role of faith in the experience of grief among sexually diverse individuals: a systematic review. Psychol Sex. 2022 Apr 3. doi: 10.1080/19419899.2022.2057869.

Singer J, Roberts KE, McLean E, Fadalla C, Coats T, Rogers M, Wilson MK, Godwin K, Lichtenthal WG. An examination and proposed definitions of family members' grief prior to the death of individuals with a life-limiting illness: A systematic review. Palliat Med. 2022 Feb 23:2692163221074540. doi: 10.1177/02692163221074540. Epub ahead of print.

Yan H, Bytautas J, Isenberg SR, Kaplan A, Hashemi N, Kornberg M, Hendrickson T. Grief and bereavement of family and friends around medical assistance in dying: scoping review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2022 Sep 13:bmjspcare-2022-003715. doi: 10.1136/spcare-2022-003715. Epub ahead of print.

Zhuang S, Ma X, Xiao G, Zhao Y, Hou J, Wang Y. Clinical practice guidelines for perinatal bereavement care: A systematic quality appraisal using AGREE II instrument. J Pediatr Nurs. 2022 May 27;66:49-56. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2022.04.007. Epub ahead of print.


Boles JC, Jones MT. Legacy perceptions and interventions for adults and children receiving palliative care: A systematic review. Palliat Med. 2021 Jan 25:269216321989565. doi: 10.1177/0269216321989565. Epub ahead of print.

Dodd A, Guerin S, Delaney S, Dodd P. How can we know what we don't know? An exploration of professionals' engagement with complicated grief. Patient Educ Couns. 2021 Sep 13:S0738-3991(21)00623-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2021.09.014. Epub ahead of print.

Fee A, Hanna J, Hasson F. Pre-loss grief experiences of adults when someone important to them is at end-of-life: A qualitative systematic review. Death Stud. 2021 Nov 9:1-15. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2021.1998935. Epub ahead of print.

Fernández-Férez A, Ventura-Miranda MI, Camacho-Ávila M, Fernández-Caballero A, Granero-Molina J, Fernández-Medina IM, Requena-Mullor MDM. Nursing Interventions to Facilitate the Grieving Process after Perinatal Death: A Systematic Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 May 24;18(11):5587. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18115587.

Galazzi A, Adamini I, Bazzano G, Cancelli L, Fridh I, Laquintana D, Lusignani M, Rasero L. Intensive care unit diaries to help bereaved family members in their grieving process: a systematic review. Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2021 Aug 6:103121. doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2021.103121. Epub ahead of print.

Godzik C. Sleep disturbances in bereaved older people: a review of the literature. Ment Health Pract. 2021 Mar 4;(24)2:15-21. doi:10.7748/mhp.2020.e1492.

Ito Y, Tsubaki M, Kobayashi M. Families' experiences of grief and bereavement in the emergency department: A scoping review. Jpn J Nurs Sci. 2021 Sep 7:e12451. doi: 10.1111/jjns.12451. Epub ahead of print.

Kustanti CY, Chu H, Kang XL, Liu D, Pien LC, Jen HJ, Shen SH, Chen JH, Chou KR. Evaluation of the performance of instruments to diagnose grief disorders: A diagnostic meta-analysis. Int J Nurs Stud. 2021 Aug;120:103972. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2021.103972. Epub 2021 May 7.

Kustanti CY, Fang HF, Linda Kang X, Chiou JF, Wu SC, Yunitri N, Chu H, Chou KR. The Effectiveness of Bereavement Support for Adult Family Caregivers in Palliative Care: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2021 Mar;53(2):208-217. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12630. Epub 2021 Feb 5.

Majid U, Akande A. Managing Anticipatory Grief in Family and Partners: A Systematic Review and Qualitative Meta-Synthesis. The Family Journal. 2021 April. doi:10.1177/10664807211000715

Mayland CR, Powell RA, Clarke GC, Ebenso B, Allsop MJ. Bereavement care for ethnic minority communities: A systematic review of access to, models of, outcomes from, and satisfaction with, service provision. PLoS One. 2021 Jun 30;16(6):e0252188. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0252188.

Morrissette M. When Practice Becomes Personal: The Death of a Psychiatrist’s Parent. J Loss Trauma. 2021;26(7): 656-65. doi: 10.1080/15325024.2020.1866313

Moss SJ, Wollny K, Poulin TG, Cook DJ, Stelfox HT, Ordons ARD, Fiest KM. Bereavement interventions to support informal caregivers in the intensive care unit: a systematic review. BMC Palliat Care. 2021 May 12;20(1):66. doi: 10.1186/s12904-021-00763-w.

Purrington J. Psychological Adjustment to Spousal Bereavement in Older Adults: A Systematic Review. Omega (Westport). 2021 Sep 1:302228211043702. doi: 10.1177/00302228211043702. Epub ahead of print.

Rait LI, Yeo NY, Abdelhamid YA, Showler L, Finnis ME, Deane AM. The impact of bereavement support on psychological distress in family members: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Crit Care Resusc. 2021 Jun;23(2):225-33. doi: 10.51893/2021.2.sr1

Setubal MS, Bolibio R, Jesus RC, Benute GG, Gibelli MA, Bertolassi N, Barbosa T, Gomes A, Figueiredo F, Ferreira R, Francisco R, Stein Bernardes L. A systematic review of instruments measuring grief after perinatal loss and factors associated with grief reactions. Palliat Support Care. 2021 Apr;19(2):246-256. doi: 10.1017/S1478951520000826.

Wilson DM, Underwood L, Errasti-Ibarrondo B. A scoping research literature review to map the evidence on grief triggers. Soc Sci Med. 2021 Aug;282:114109. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114109. Epub 2021 Jun 5.


Burrell A, Selman LE. How do Funeral Practices Impact Bereaved Relatives' Mental Health, Grief and Bereavement? A Mixed Methods Review with Implications for COVID-19. Omega (Westport). 2020 Jul 8:30222820941296. doi: 10.1177/0030222820941296. Epub ahead of print.

Byeon H. Effects of Grief Focused Intervention on the Mental Health of Dementia Caregivers: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Iran J Public Health. 49(12):2275-2286.

de López KJ, Søndergaard Knudsen H, Hansen TGB. What Is Measured in Bereavement Treatment for Children and Adolescents? A Systematic Literature Review. Illn Crises Loss. 2020 Oct;28(4):363-387. doi:10.1177/1054137317741713

Hopf D, Eckstein M, Aguilar-Raab C, Warth M, Ditzen B. Neuroendocrine mechanisms of grief and bereavement: A systematic review and implications for future interventions. J Neuroendocrinol. 2020 Aug;32(8):e12887. doi: 10.1111/jne.12887. Epub 2020 Aug 4.

Kochen EM, Jenken F, Boelen PA, Deben LMA, Fahner JC, van den Hoogen A, Teunissen SCCM, Geleijns K, Kars MC. When a child dies: a systematic review of well-defined parent-focused bereavement interventions and their alignment with grief- and loss theories. BMC Palliat Care. 2020 Mar 12;19(1):28. doi: 10.1186/s12904-020-0529-z.

Lancel M, Stroebe M, Eisma MC. Sleep disturbances in bereavement: A systematic review. Sleep Med Rev. 2020 May 21;53:101331. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2020.101331. Epub ahead of print.

Marshall S, Fearnley R, Bristowe K, Harding R. The perspectives of children and young people affected by parental life-limiting illness: An integrative review and thematic synthesis. Palliat Med. 2020 Nov 19:269216320967590. doi: 10.1177/0269216320967590. Epub ahead of print.

Patinadan PV, Tan-Ho G, Choo PY, Ho AHY. Resolving anticipatory grief and enhancing dignity at the end-of life: A systematic review of palliative interventions. Death Stud. 2020 Feb 21:1-14. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1728426. Epub ahead of print.

Wagner B, Rosenberg N, Hofmann L, Maass U. Web-Based Bereavement Care: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Front Psychiatry. 2020 Jun 24;11:525. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00525.


Andriessen K, Krysinska K, Castelli Dransart DA, Dargis L, Mishara BL. Grief After Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide. Crisis. 2019 Oct 28:1-18. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000630. [Epub ahead of print]

Bartone PT, Bartone JV, Violanti JM, Gileno ZM. Peer Support Services for Bereaved Survivors: A Systematic Review. Omega (Westport). 2019 Nov;80(1):137-166. doi: 10.1177/0030222817728204. Epub 2017 Sep 5.

Bindley K, Lewis J, Travaglia J, DiGiacomo M. Disadvantaged and disenfranchised in bereavement: A scoping review of social and structural inequity following expected death. Soc Sci Med. 2019 Dec;242:112599. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112599. Epub 2019 Oct 12.

Causer H, Muse K, Smith J, Bradley E. What Is the Experience of Practitioners in Health, Education or Social Care Roles Following a Death by Suicide? A Qualitative Research Synthesis. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Sep 7;16(18). pii: E3293. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16183293.

Chen C, Chow AYM, Tang S. Professional caregivers' bereavement after patients' deaths: A scoping review of quantitative studies. Death Stud. 2019;43(8):500-508. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2018.1488775. Epub 2018 Sep 28.

Ennis J, Majid U. "Death from a broken heart": A systematic review of the relationship between spousal bereavement and physical and physiological health outcomes. Death Stud. 2019 Sep 19:1-14. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2019.1661884. [Epub ahead of print]

Fiore J. A Systematic Review of the Dual Process Model of Coping With Bereavement (1999-2016). Omega (Westport). 2019 Dec 12:30222819893139. doi: 10.1177/0030222819893139. [Epub ahead of print]

Ing V, Patterson P, Szabo M, Allison KR. Interventions available to adolescents and young adults bereaved by familial cancer: a systematic literature review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2019 Aug 16. pii: bmjspcare-2019-001959. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-001959. [Epub ahead of print]

Johannsen M, Damholdt MF, Zachariae R, Lundorff M, Farver-Vestergaard I, O'Connor M. Psychological interventions for grief in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Affect Disord. 2019 Jun 15;253:69-86. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.04.065. Epub 2019 Apr 10.

Kent K, Jessup B, Marsh P, Barnett T, Ball M. A systematic review and quality appraisal of bereavement care practice guidelines. J Eval Clin Pract. 2019 Jul 9. doi: 10.1111/jep.13225. [Epub ahead of print]

Kim K, Churilov L, Huang A, Weinberg L. Bereavement practices employed by hospitals and medical practitioners toward attending funeral of patients: A systematic review. Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Sep;98(36):e16692. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000016692.

Knowles LM, Ruiz JM, OʼConnor MF. A Systematic Review of the Association Between Bereavement and Biomarkers of Immune Function. Psychosom Med. 2019 Apr 3. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000693. [Epub ahead of print]

Riegel M, Randall S, Buckley T. Memory making in end-of-life care in the adult intensive care unit: A scoping review of the research literature. Aust Crit Care. 2019 Jan 17. pii: S1036-7314(18)30242-X. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2018.12.002. [Epub ahead of print]

Roberts KE, Walsh LE, Saracino RM, Fogarty J, Coats T, Goldberg J, Prigerson H, Lichtenthal WG. A Systematic Review of Treatment Options for Grieving Older Adults. Curr Treat Options Psychiatry. 2019 Nov. doi: 10.1007/s40501-019-00191-x. [Epub ahead of print]

Robinson C, Pond R. Do online support groups for grief benefit the bereaved? Systematic review of the quantitative and qualitative literature. Comput Human Behav. 2019 Nov;100:48-59. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2019.06.011.

Sales AP, da Silva TPS, Sougey EB, Filho JWSC. Psychopathological and Psychosocial Repercussions of Suicide in the Family. Curr Psychiatry Rev. 2019 Jan;15(1):3-10. doi:

Sikstrom L, Saikaly R, Ferguson G, Mosher PJ, Bonato S, Soklaridis S. Being there: A scoping review of grief support training in medical education. PLoS One. 2019 Nov 27;14(11):e0224325. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0224325. eCollection 2019.

Tatterton MJ, Walshe C. Understanding the bereavement experience of grandparents following the death of a grandchild from a life-limiting condition: A meta-ethnography. J Adv Nurs. 2019 Jul;75(7):1406-1417. doi: 10.1111/jan.13927. Epub 2019 Jan 23.

Wilson DM, Errasti-Ibarrondo B, Rodríguez-Prat A. A Research Literature Review to Determine How Bereavement Programs Are Evaluated. Omega (Westport). 2019 Aug 20:30222819869492. doi: 10.1177/0030222819869492. [Epub ahead of print]


Chen C, Chow AYM, Tang S. Bereavement process of professional caregivers after deaths of their patients: A meta-ethnographic synthesis of qualitative studies and an integrated model. Int J Nurs Stud. 2018 Aug 25;88:104-113. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.08.010. [Epub ahead of print]

Dahdah, DF, Joaquim, RHVT. Occupational Therapy in the bereavement process: A meta-synthesis. S Afr J Occup Ther. 2018;48(3):12-18. doi:

Logan EL, Thornton JA, Breen LJ. What determines supportive behaviors following bereavement? A systematic review and call to action. Death Stud. 2018 Feb;42 (2):104-14. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2017.1329760. Epub 2017 Jun 8.

Meller N, Parker D, Hatcher D, Sheehan, A. Grief experiences of nurses after the death of an adult patient in an acute hospital setting: An integrative review of literature. Collegian. 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2018.07.011.

Piil K, Nordentoft S, Larsen A, Jarden M. Bereaved caregivers of patients with high-grade glioma: a systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2018 Jan 23. pii: bmjspcare-2017-001386. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2017-001386. [Epub ahead of print]

Shakespeare C, Merriel A, Bakhbakhi D, Baneszova R, Barnard K, Lynch M, Storey C, Blencowe H, Boyle F, Flenady V, Gold K, Horey D, Mills T, Siassakos D. Parents’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences of care after stillbirth in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-summary. BJOG. 2018 Aug 12. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.15430. [Epub ahead of print]

Vrkljan B, Montpetit A, Naglie G, Rapoport M, Mazer B. Interventions that support major life transitions in older adulthood: a systematic review. Int Psychogeriatr. 2018 Jul 11:1-23. doi: 10.1017/S1041610218000972. [Epub ahead of print]

Wagner AJM. Do not Click “Like” When Somebody has Died: The Role of Norms for Mourning Practices in Social Media. Social Media + Society. 2018 Jan-Mar;4(1):1-11.

Waugh A, Kiemle G, Slade P. What aspects of post-traumatic growth are experienced by bereaved parents? A systematic review. Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2018 Aug 16;9(1):1506230. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2018.1506230. eCollection 2018.


Aalbaek FS, Graff S, Vestergaard M. Risk of stroke after bereavement-a systematic literature review. Acta Neurol Scand. 2017 Oct;136(4):293-297. doi: 10.1111/ane.12736. Epub 2017 Feb 20.

Arruda EH, Paun O. Dementia Caregiver Grief and Bereavement: An Integrative Review. West J Nurs Res. 2017 Jun;39(6):825-851. Epub 2016 Jul 13.

Bergman AS, Axberg U, Hanson E. When a parent dies - A systematic review of the effects of support programs for parentally bereaved children and their caregivers. BMC Palliat Care. 2017 Aug 10;16(1):39. doi: 10.1186/s12904-017-0223-y.

Fernández-Ávalos I, Fernández-Alcántara M, Cruz-Quintana F, Pérez-Marfil N. Assessment of the grieving processes in people with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review. Estud Psicol. 2017 Jun;38(3):779-87.

Große J, Treml J, Kersting A. Impact of caregiver burden on mental health in bereaved caregivers of cancer patients: A systematic review. Psychooncology. 2017 Aug 14. doi: 10.1002/pon.4529. [Epub ahead of print]

Holtslander L, Baxter S, Mills K, Bocking S, Dadgostari T, Duggleby W, Duncan V, Hudson P, Ogunkorode A, Peacock S. Honoring the voices of bereaved caregivers: A Metasummary of qualitative research. BMC Palliat Care. 2017 Sep 6;16(1):48. doi: 10.1186/s12904-017-0231-y.

Kuo SC, Sun JL, Tang ST. Trajectories of depressive symptoms for bereaved family members of chronically ill patients: a systematic review. J Clin Nurs. 2017 Dec;26(23-24):3784-3799. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13720. Epub 2017 Feb 23.

Lundorff M, Holmgren H, Zachariae R, Farver-Vestergaard I, O'Connor M. Prevalence of prolonged grief disorder in adult bereavement: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Affect Disord. 2017 Apr 1;212:138-149. Epub 2017 Jan 23.

Raymond A, Lee SF, Bloomer MJ. Understanding the bereavement care roles of nurses within acute care: a systematic review. J Clin Nurs. 2017 Jul;26(13-14):1787-1800. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13503. Epub 2017 Mar 27.

Shields C, Kavanagh M, Russo K. A Qualitative Systematic Review of the Bereavement Process Following Suicide. Omega (Westport). 2017 Mar;74(4):426-454. doi: 10.1177/0030222815612281. Epub 2016 Aug 3.

Stiffler D, Birch N, Campbell H, Cullen D. A Synthesis of Coping Experiences After Infant Death. Holist Nurs Pract. 2017 Mar/Apr;31(2):118-125.

Wilson DM, Dhanji N, Playfair R, Nayak SS, Puplampu GL, Macleod R. A scoping review of bereavement service outcomes. Palliat Support Care. 2017 Apr;15(2):242-259. doi: 10.1017/S147895151600047X. Epub 2016 Jun 29.

Wilson S, Toye C, Aoun S, Slatyer S, Moyle W, Beattie E. Effectiveness of psychosocial interventions in reducing grief experienced by family carers of people with dementia: a systematic review. JBI Database System Rev Implement Rep. 2017 Mar;15(3):809-839.


Bristowe K, Marshall S, Harding R. The bereavement experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans* people who have lost a partner: A systematic review, thematic synthesis and modelling of the literature. Palliat Med. 2016 Sep;30(8):730-44. Epub 2016 Mar 4.

Nielsen MK, Neergaard MA, Jensen AB, Bro F, Guldin MB. Do we need to change our understanding of anticipatory grief in caregivers? A systematic review of caregiver studies during end-of-life caregiving and bereavement. Clin Psychol Rev. 2016 Mar;44:75-93. Epub 2016 Jan 8.

Waller A, Turon H, Mansfield E, Clark K, Hobden B, Sanson-Fisher R. Assisting the bereaved: A systematic review of the evidence for grief counselling. Palliat Med. 2016 Feb;30(2):132-48. doi:0.1177/0269216315588728. Epub 2015 Sep 28.


Granek L, Peleg-Sagy T. Representations of African Americans in the Grief and Mourning Literature from 1998 to 2014: A Systematic Review. Death Stud. 2015;39(10):605-32. Epub 2015 May 27.

Griffith R, Davies K, Lavender V. The characteristics and experiences of anticipatory mourning in caregivers of teenagers and young adults. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2015 Nov;21(11):527-33.

Large S, Slinger R. Grief in caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia: a qualitative synthesis. Dementia (London). 2015 Mar;14(2):164-83. doi: 10.1177/1471301213494511. Epub 2013 Jul 11.

Sealey M, Breen LJ, O'Connor M, Aoun SM. A scoping review of bereavement risk assessment measures: Implications for palliative care. Palliat Med. 2015 Jul;29(7):577-589. Epub 2015 Mar 24.


Fasse L, Sultan S, Flahault C, Mackinnon CJ, Dolbeault S, Brédart A. How do researchers conceive of spousal grief after cancer? A systematic review of models used by researchers to study spousal grief in the cancer context. Psychooncology. 2014 Feb;23(2):131-42.Epub 2013 Sep 30.

Stahl ST, Schulz R. Changes in routine health behaviors following late-life bereavement: a systematic review. J Behav Med. 2014 Aug;37(4):736-55.Epub 2013 Jul 24.


Chan D, Livingston G, Jones L, Sampson EL. Grief reactions in dementia carers: a systematic review. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Jan;28(1):1-17. doi: 10.1002/gps.3795. Epub 2012 Mar 8.

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Bereavement paediatrics - 56 reviews


Hanauer C, Telaar B, Rosner R, Doering BK. The efficacy of psychosocial interventions for grief symptoms in bereaved children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Affect Disord. 2024 Jan 11.

Pedraza EC, Vokinger AK, Cleves D, Michel G, Wrigley J, Baker JN, et al. Grief and bereavement support for parents in low- or middle-income countries: A systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2024 Jan 18.


Danielson K, Colman H. Supporting Children Through Grief: A Content Analysis of Picturebooks About Death. Early Childhood Educ J. 2023 Jun 27. doi: 10.1007/s10643-023-01529-0.

Hollins Martin CJ, Reid K. A scoping review of therapies used to treat psychological trauma post perinatal bereavement. J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2023;41(5):582-598.

Lakhani J, Mack C, Kunyk D, Kung J, van Manen M. Considerations for Practice in Supporting Parental Bereavement in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit-a Systematic Review. J Palliat Care. 2023 Feb 27:8258597231158328. doi: 10.1177/08258597231158328. Epub ahead of print.

Postavaru GI, Hamilton J, Davies S, Swaby H, Michael A, Swaby R, Mukaetova-Ladinska EB. The FATHER Model of Loss and Grief After Child's Life-Limiting Illness. Pediatrics. 2023 Jul 1;152(1):e2022059122. doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-059122.

Tirado PSM, García EG, Concejero LT. Nursing care in perinatal grief. A systematic and critical review of attitudes and knowledge in clinical practice. Enferm Clin (Engl Ed). 2023 Jul 19:S2445-1479(23)00048-6. doi: 10.1016/j.enfcle.2023.07.005. Epub ahead of print.

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D'Alton SV, Ridings L, Williams C, Phillips S. The bereavement experiences of children following sibling death: An integrative review. J Pediatr Nurs. 2022 Jun 1:S0882-5963(22)00118-X. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2022.05.006. Epub ahead of print.

Flach K, Gressler NG, Marcolino MAZ, Levandowski DC. Complicated Grief After the Loss of a Baby: A Systematic Review About Risk and Protective Factors for Bereaved Women. Trends in Psychol. 2022 Jan 10. doi: 10.1007/s43076-021-00112-z

Hamel MN, Beltran SJ. Factors that Contribute to Bereaved Parents' Perceptions of Neonatal Palliative Care: A Systematic Literature Review. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2022 Jul 6:10499091221113277. doi: 10.1177/10499091221113277. Epub ahead of print.

Schoonover KL, Prokop L, Lapid MI. Valuable Informal Bereavement Support Strategies for Bereaved Parents of Stillborn, Young Children, and Adult Children: A Scoping Review. J Palliat Care. 2022 Mar 30:8258597211062762. doi: 10.1177/08258597211062762. Epub ahead of print.

van Kempen MM, Kochen EM, Kars MC. Insight into the content of and experiences with follow-up conversations with bereaved parents in paediatrics: A systematic review. Acta Paediatr. 2022 Jan 7. doi: 10.1111/apa.16248. Epub ahead of print.

Wray A, Seymour J, Greenley S, Boland JW. Parental terminal cancer and dependent children: a systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2022 Jan 28:bmjspcare-2021-003094. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2021-003094. Epub ahead of print.


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Haylett WJ, Tilley DS. The Phenomenon of Bereaved Parenting: An Integrative Review of Literature. Omega (Westport). 2021 Feb;82(3):424-445. doi: 10.1177/0030222818819350. Epub 2018 Dec 18.

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Furtado-Eraso S, Escalada-Hernández P, Marín-Fernández B. Integrative Review of Emotional Care Following Perinatal Loss. West J Nurs Res. 2020 Sep 4:193945920954448. doi: 10.1177/0193945920954448. Epub ahead of print.

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Polita NB, de Montigny F, Neris RR, Alvarenga WA, Silva-Rodrigues FM, Leite ACAB, Nascimento LC. The Experiences of Bereaved Parents After the Loss of a Child to Cancer: A Qualitative Metasynthesis. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2020 Nov/Dec;37(6):444-457. doi: 10.1177/1043454220944059. Epub 2020 Jul 27.

Ridley A, Frache S. Bereavement care interventions for children under the age of 18 following the death of a sibling: a systematic review. Palliat Med. 2020 Aug 17:269216320947951. doi: 10.1177/0269216320947951. Epub ahead of print.

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Wright PM. Perinatal Loss and Spirituality: A Metasynthesis of Qualitative Research. Illn Crises Loss. 2020 Mar 06;28(2)99-118. doi: 10.1177/1054137317698660.


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Fernández-Basanta S, Coronado C, Movilla-Fernández MJ. Multicultural coping experiences of parents following perinatal loss: A meta-ethnographic synthesis. J Adv Nurs. 2019 Sep 30. doi: 10.1111/jan.14211. [Epub ahead of print]

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Hanna JR, McCaughan E, Semple CJ. Challenges and support needs of parents and children when a parent is at end of life: A systematic review. Palliat Med. 2019 Jun 27:269216319857622. doi: 10.1177/0269216319857622. [Epub ahead of print]

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Bereavement complicated grief - 26 reviews


Buur C, Zachariae R, Komischke-Konnerup KB, Marello MM, Schierff LH, O'Connor M. Risk factors for prolonged grief symptoms: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Psychol Rev. 2023;107:102375.

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Schakowski A, Tönnies J, Friederich HC, Hartmann M, Haun MW. The Inventory of Complicated Grief-A Systematic Psychometric Review and Conceptual Replication Study of the Structural Validity. Assessment. 2023 Jul;30(5):1418-1434. doi: 10.1177/10731911221100980. Epub 2022 Jun 20.

Weiss CR, Baker C, Gillespie A, Jones J. Ambiguous loss in family caregivers of loved ones with cancer, a synthesis of qualitative studies. J Cancer Surviv. 2023 Apr;17(2):484-498. doi: 10.1007/s11764-022-01286-w. Epub 2022 Nov 18.


Dolan N, Grealish A, Tuohy T, Bright AM. Are Mindfulness-Based Interventions as Effective as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Reducing Symptoms of Complicated Perinatal Grief? A Systematic Review. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2022 Mar 10. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.13335. Epub ahead of print.

Flach K, Gressler NG, Marcolino MAZ, Levandowski DC. Complicated Grief After the Loss of a Baby: A Systematic Review About Risk and Protective Factors for Bereaved Women. Trends in Psychol. 2022 Jan 10. doi: 10.1007/s43076-021-00112-z

Moreira D, Azeredo A, Sá Moreira D, Fávero M, Sousa-Gomes V. Why Does Grief Hurt?: A Systematic Review of Grief and Depression in Adults. Eur Psychol. 2022;0:0. Epub 2022 Dec 13.

O'Riordan D. Boland G, Guerin S, Dodd P. Synthesising existing research on complicated grief in intellectual disability: findings from a systematic review. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2022 Aug 30. doi: 10.1111/jir.12973.

Russ V, Stopa L, Sivyer K, Jane Hazeldine, Tess Maguire. The Relationship Between Adult Attachment and Complicated Grief: A Systematic Review. Omega (Westport). 2022 May 29:302228221083110. doi: 10.1177/00302228221083110. Epub ahead of print.


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Kustanti CY, Chu H, Kang XL, Huang TW, Jen HJ, Liu D, Shen Hsiao ST, Chou KR. Prevalence of grief disorders in bereaved families of cancer patients: A meta-analysis. Palliat Med. 2021 Dec 30:2692163211066747. doi: 10.1177/02692163211066747. Epub ahead of print.

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Mason TM, Tofthagen CS, Buck HG. Complicated Grief: Risk Factors, Protective Factors, and Interventions. J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2020 Mar 31:1-24. doi: 10.1080/15524256.2020.1745726. Epub ahead of print.

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