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The last instrument, the BRI undertook testing the validity and feasibility of utilizing bereavement support in home care settings. In this case, family members were classified in three groups and received support based on in which group they were included. It was then found that the BRI "demonstrated acceptable reliability and validity and was brief and simple to use." The study also mentions the simple use of the instrument as an added bonus, since it required minimal training. [21: Unknown. (2006). "A Systematic Review of the Literature on Complicated Grief." Australian Government: Department of Health and Aging. Retrieved April 14, 2011, from < http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/palliativecare-pubs-rsch-grief~palliativecare-pubs-rsch-grief-3>. ]
The instruments above prove that there have been a number of measurements taken to address serious grief, especially related to the loss of a loved one throughout the world. These developments were tested to measure grief responses and demonstrated good reliability and validity. The TRIG and ICGR in particular were found to be "theoretically grounded and empirically sound instruments that have potential for assessment of complicated grief in both research and clinical practice." [22: Unknown. (2006). "A Systematic Review of the Literature on Complicated Grief." Australian Government: Department of Health and Aging. Retrieved April 14, 2011, from < http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/palliativecare-pubs-rsch-grief~palliativecare-pubs-rsch-grief-3>. ]
This paper has discussed various topics, ranging from a summary of what grief counseling is, to the social and scientific advancements made in this field to help people better cope with grief, and one can only hope that these advancements, especially those that have been proven useful and valuable, will continue to improve, for grief is a serious issue and therapy associated with this issue is invaluable.
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