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Lefebvre, H. & Levert, M-J. (2006) Sudden and unexpected health situation: From suffering to resilience. Illness, Crisis & Loss, 14(4), 337-354.

Grieving is a phenomenon usually experienced upon the death of a loved one. However, other situations involving loss may prove just as difficult and involve a grieving process: loss of identity, loss of use of a limb or a sense such as sight or hearing, inability to achieve certain ambitions, loss of autonomy, moving house, job loss, separation or divorce, child leaving home, retirement, illness, death of a pet. This article aims at describing the grieving process and the specific stakes of a sudden and unexpected health situation, such as the traumatic brain injury. The model proposed by the authors is presented and illustrated by a clinical example. Implications for health professionals’ practice are described, in terms of partnership, which is a useful strategy that can make this difficult period a positive experience for families and health professionals alike.