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What does time have to do with Grief?
One of the most common questions anyone new to grief will ask is
'how long will it last?' They may ask it for themselves or out of
concern for others. Researchers have attempted to pin down the
time grief takes, but results have always been very general, with
references to the fact that grief can sneak up on people again at
any time. Also, the key truth is always stated-its different for
everyone. The depth of anyone's bereavement grief will be
affected by a unique mix of factors, such as the age and stage of
the person, their gender, their personality, any previous
experiences of significant loss and grief, the degree of support
around them, how they understand life and death-their beliefs,
faith and culture, the nature of the death and its circumstances,
the kind of relationship they shared with the person who died and
how others around them are responding and grieving, and any pre-
existing health or wellbeing conditions that may worsen. Grief is a
natural process, so by its very nature, it needs to take the time it
has to, to help people to adjust their lives, gradually, to the reality
of what's happened and to move forward in their lives.
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buses and homes are headed to
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original Gypsy fair.
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Woman in three-year surgery wait
Cataracts worsening as patient told October earliest appointment date
Still waiting: Mataura woman Doris King has been waiting over three years to
see a specialist about cataracts.
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What do you think of Doris King's three-year wait for a specialist
Do you know of anyone else who has suffered similar waiting time
What does this say about our country's healthcare?
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A three-year wait for an appoint-
ment with a healthcare specialist
has left an elderly Mataura
woman with limited vision and
anger over hospital waiting times.
Doris King, of Mataura, suffers
from cataracts, which has left her
blind in one eye and partially
blind in the other.
Since December 2010, she has
been waiting for an appointment
with a specialist in Invercargill to
see what can be done. But she is
still waiting -- three years after
her doctor referred her to a
''I know they (hospitals) can't give
specific times, but three years is a
bit long,'' Mrs King said.
Southern District Health Board
chief medical officer David
Tulloch said the DHB works hard
hard to meet patient needs but
patients are prioritised for
specialist appointments and wait
times are based on need.
Mrs King is unconvinced.
''I know of some people who have
waited long times. [But] I'd expect
[to wait no more than] 12 months,
not three years.''
Mrs King became upset when a
recent article in the The South-
land Times said 61 patients were
waiting more than the targeted
six months for their first special-
Days before the article appeared,
she had called the hospital to find
out whether she could expect an
appointment in the near future.
She was told it was unlikely she
would be seen before October.
Mrs King received her first letter
from the Southern District Health
Board in December 2010 in regard
to getting an appointment to see a
specialist. She has also been to
her doctor ''two or three times''
and been referred to Specsavers
in April 2012, which again
referred her to hospital.
During that time, her eyesight has
deteriorated so much that she
struggles to complete everyday
tasks, such as crossing the road
''I can't see the fence. I can't see
''How long do I have to wait?''
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