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The process of grieving a loss is a difficult one for normal human beings, now suppose that you do not have any close relationships with anyone, would you still feel the impact of the loss? For many people with learning disabilities the only form of attachment they have is with a primary caregiver, this finding may be present due to the inability to communicate or the stigma associated with cognitive disability. The importance of studying the impact of death on these individuals is to better understand how to comfort and aid with their grief. With the increased occurrence of learning disabilities such as Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, understanding the influence that death has on these individuals is important due to the increased diagnosis and their dependence on aged individuals. The purpose of this paper is to prove that people with learning disabilities can comprehend and grieve the death of a family member. An investigation into how autistic children grieve is shown in Gomberoff and Pualuan De Gomberoff’s (2000) study of Autistic devices in grieving children. However, Gomberoff and Pualuan De Gomberoff (2000) did not measure the impact of loss on the children studied, rather the cause of the bereavement in the children. Gomberoff and Pualuan De Gomberoff (2000) conducted their study through two cases where the mourning process highlighted the symptoms commonly associated with autism. By conducting a case study Gomberoff and Pualuan De Gomberoff (2000) could closely monitor their participants and record accurate data over the course of the study. In order to ensure that their participants could not be identified, Gomberoff and Pualuan De Gomberoff (2000) concealed the names of their participants, referring to them as Bernice... ... middle of paper ... ...stand all of the aspects of death. The design of each study provides reliable results that show that an understanding of death is present. The effects of death on these individuals is shown in their grieving process that presents its self through behaviour. However, these results cannot be generalized to the total population, the research conducted did not state the type of learning disability represented in the study. Another problem is that the majority of the research was conducted in the United Kingdom; any cultural differences between Europe and North America cannot be accounted for. Future studies should be conducted using similar procedural methods of measurement, but should include a larger population for evaluation. Stating which learning disabilities are being studied should also be included so as to better generalize the results to the overall population.

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