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SILVA, Adriana Cardoso de Oliveira e  e  NARDI, Antonio Egidio. Cognitive-behavioral therapy to mourning for the sudden death of spouse. Rev. psiquiatr. clín. [online]. 2011, vol.38, n.5, pp.213-215. ISSN 0101-6083.

INTRODUCTION: The mourning due to the sudden death of a spouse has special features that should be considered in therapy process of those who undergo this experience. METHODS: Case work of grief therapy using a cognitive-behavioral protocol. The progress of the patient was assessed at the beginning and end of treatment with BDI, BAI, BHS, ISSL and GHQ. RESULTS: There was reduction in depression, anxiety and hopelessness. Regarding stress, the patient, that was in the stage of exhaustion passed to resistance. Reduction of psychological stress (95% to 50%), distrust about their own performance (90% to 40%), sleep disturbances (95% to 45%), death wish (95% to 20%) and also of psychosomatic disorders (95% to 60%). DISCUSSION: The therapeutic protocol through the focus of cognitive-behavioral therapy was effective for that specific type of mourning.

Palavras-chave : Bereavement; cognitive therapy; behavior therapy; thanatology.

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