Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals can now, at their discretion, diagnose an adult patient with “prolonged grief disorder,” or PGD, one year or more after the death of someone loved (just six months for children).
As of March 2022, the revised edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) features the notable (and somewhat controversial) inclusion of what the medical community has termed prolonged grief disorder (PGD).
How do you educate families about the importance of a funeral ceremony if they’ve never been to one? How do you encourage your community to appreciate death if it seems like the exception rather than the rule?
America's fallen heroes are taken into the care of Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, known as AFMAO, at Dover Air Force Base.
By Leader Contributor Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. As we head into the holiday season of 2021, we are faced...
As deathcare professionals, our job is to help people experiencing personal loss understand what is happening and move through grief with intention and support. Our jobs are meaningful and important, but they can also come with large amounts of heaviness.
Funeral Professionals Peer Support (FPPS) and the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) welcomes Glenda Stansbury as facilitator of the October peer support meeting.
The deathcare profession can learn some helpful lessons by looking at depictions of death in pop culture, understanding how collective expressions of grief can be helpful to the bereaved that we serve, and how the general public is exposed to our profession.
We’re still healing. Central to our healing from traumatic events is continuing to talk about them openly and support one another.
A relatively new option for the dying and their family members, death doulas provide non-medical emotional support and assist in navigating the end-of-life process. They advocate for the wishes and final preferences of a dying person while serving as a calming presence for loved ones.