Loss means that you no longer have something. There are numerous types of loss, but the losses we need to fully understand within the context of children’s palliative care are the following
- Primary loss is the death of an immediate family member, close friend or peer
- Secondary loss are the losses experienced as a result of the primary loss
- Cumulative loss is experienced when there are a multitude of primary losses over a period of time
Other types of loss you may have heard of include ambiguous loss, anticipatory loss, perceived loss, physical loss, situational loss etc. but we will not look at these in detail in this course.