This chapter seeks to highlight the relative lack of attention given to older people’s experiences of loss and to explore the part that ageism plays in perpetuating a situation in which older people are assumed to be less affected by it than are their younger counterparts. Although loss through death will be a key issue, the discussion will be broadened out to include the myriad of other forms of loss experienced by older people, such as loss of physical or intellectual function, status, dignity, practical and emotional support, relationships, life-chances and so on.
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