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Bereavement and grief: Research

Resources and information on bereavement and grief for the public and healthcare professionals.

Accessing Journals and Databases





If you are employed by the HSE you can access databases and electronic journals using your HSE library Athens login and 

Students, staff and members of the Irish Hospice Foundation library can access databases and electronic journals using their Athens login  

Database searching - Tutorials

Searching CINAHL 

Performing a basic search - Tutorial HERE 

Advanced searching - Tutorial HERE 

Using MeSH headings in CINAHL - Tutorial HERE  


Searching PubMed & Medline 

Building your PubMed Search - Tutorial HERE

MeSH headings in PubMed & Medline - Tutorial HERE

Additional PubMed tutorials HERE 

Advanced Medline search on Ovid - Tutorial HERE 


Death Studies - Peer reviewed title covering issues in grief, bereavement, loss and attitudes to death and dying




Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying - Peer reviewed publication with articles drawn from disciplines of psychology, sociology and medicine addressing issues of death and dying



Bereavement Care - International journal published three times a year containing evidence-based peer-reviewed research, first person accounts, reports on best practice, reviews and commentary on all aspects of bereavement care



Mortality - Peer reviewed journal featuring research on the subjects of death and dying, grief and bereavement and memorialisation




Palliative Medicine - Peer reviewed journal featuring original papers, review articles and case reports in palliative and end-of-life care




BMC Palliative Care - Open Access peer reviewed journal





BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care - International journal that aims to improve supportive and palliative care for patients through research, evidence and innovative practice




Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care - Peer reviewed publication covering issues related to chronic and life limiting illnesses

Key Databases




A comprehensive collection of over 3,000 titles in Nursing & Allied Health research, education and clinical practice. Relevant titles include Palliative & Supportive Care & Progress in Palliative Care  


Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection


Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection database covers titles in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals. Relevant titles include Palliative Medicine  




MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) bibliographic database containing over 22 million references to journal articles in medical and general health care. MEDLINE records are indexed with NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).    




Over 2.5 million articles from over 2,000 journals in behavioural and social sciences. Also includes some book chapters and dissertations.




Over 7,000 journals in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, including wide coverage of European sources, drugs and pharmaceuticals.


Cochrane Library


The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain high-quality, systematic reviews.




Pubmed / Medline

Abstracts for 4600 biomedical journals indexed at the National Library of Medicine. Coverage is international and dates from the early 1950's. Many include full text.

TRIP Database 

Free online database for locating clinical evidence and guidelines 

LENUS The Irish Health Repository

LENUS provides open access to publications from the HSE and Irish Health researchers.  

Joanna Briggs Institute - Evidence based practice reviews 

Searchable database of evidence based practice reviews including a number on palliative interventions and palliative nursing & practice  

Medline Plus - End-of-life Issues 

A collection of articles and resources on end-of-life care and palliative care and symptoms 

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