Help with Death & Dying

Help with Death & Dying

Death and dying can be stressful for dying people, their loved ones and care-givers. Psychologists can help. They can assess mood, mental functioning and pain; treat depression, anxiety and other mental health problems; provide end-of-life counseling to the dying and their families; and advocate for good medical care.

Adapted from “End-of-life issues and care” (http://www.apa.org/topics/death/end-of-life.aspx)


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