Death poses a challenge for society. The findings of archaeology and of sociology indicate that social groups have developed many different ways of dealing with the loss of their members. It is only relatively recently that the variability across cultures as well as the variation of the individuals within them has been acknowledged. There is continuing debate as to what might be considered 'normal' grief and what components characterise what was termed 'pathological' grief and now is described as 'complicated' grief (Stroebe, Stroebe & Hansson, 1993). This debate is relevant when considering at what point, if any, there should be a psychological intervention. The debate is not new. Claudius chides Hamlet for his continuing display of grief for his father. The audience is unaware at this point in the drama that Cladius has his own reasons for wanting few public reminders of the death. Hamlet's friends commiserate at the rapid remarriage of his mother. 'Indeed, my lord. It followed hard upon.' These interactions are meaningless unless Shakespeare's audience share the debate of what is timely in grief and how one should behave in bereavement.

This chapter explores current practice with reference to a historical context. Major models of bereavement are described and specific issues are discussed.

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