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Dr. Sue Morris is the Director of Bereavement Services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She also overseas the Bereavement Task Force at Boston Children's Hospital and is a member of Robert's Program on Sudden Unexplained Death in Pediatrics. Dr. Morris studied Clinical Psychology specializing in adult mental health and cognitive behavior therapy. She has worked in bereavement for the past 20 years in both Sydney and Boston and is the author of Overcoming Grief and An Introduction to Coping with Grief, published in London by Constable Robinson. Dr. Morris also lectures on the topic of bereavement for the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care continuing medical education courses and teaches medical students, residents and fellows about grief and loss. She currently holds the position of Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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  1. Parental Perceptions of Hospital-Based Bereavement Support Following a Child's Death From Cancer: Room for Improvement. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Nov 14. View abstract
  2. The Development of a Bereavement Support Group Curriculum for Young Adults Dealing with the Death of a Partner: A Quality Improvement Project. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2020 Nov 06. View abstract
  3. Grieving and Hospital-Based Bereavement Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Hosp Med. 2020 11; 15(11):699-701. View abstract
  4. Engaging Parents of Children Who Died From Cancer in Research on the Early Grief Experience. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Sep 16. View abstract
  5. Burnout in psychosocial oncology clinicians: A systematic review. Palliat Support Care. 2020 Sep 08; 1-12. View abstract
  6. Bereavement care for family caregivers of neuro-oncology patients. Ann Palliat Med. 2021 Jan; 10(1):953-963. View abstract
  7. Caring for Bereaved Family Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Before and After the Death of a Patient. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Aug; 60(2):e70-e74. View abstract
  8. Insights from Bereaved Family Members about End-of-Life Care and Bereavement. J Palliat Med. 2020 08; 23(8):1030-1037. View abstract
  9. Transitional objects of grief. Compr Psychiatry. 2020 Jan 11; 98:152161. View abstract
  10. A standardized approach to bereavement risk-screening: a quality improvement project. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2020 Jul-Aug; 38(4):406-417. View abstract
  11. Reconsidering early parental grief following the death of a child from cancer: a new framework for future research and bereavement support. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Sep; 28(9):4131-4139. View abstract
  12. Initial validation of a needs instrument for young people bereaved by familial cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Aug; 28(8):3637-3648. View abstract
  13. The Grief of Parents After the Death of a Young Child. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2019 09; 26(3):321-338. View abstract
  14. "Remembrance": A Self-Care Tool for Clinicians. J Palliat Med. 2019 03; 22(3):316-318. View abstract
  15. Primary Care for the Elderly Bereaved: Recommendations for Medical Education. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2018 12; 25(4):463-470. View abstract
  16. Pre-loss personal factors and prolonged grief disorder in bereaved mothers. Psychol Med. 2019 10; 49(14):2370-2378. View abstract
  17. The "Liaison" in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: Helping Medical Staff Cope with Pediatric Death. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2018 10; 27(4):591-598. View abstract
  18. The Grief of Mothers After the Sudden Unexpected Death of Their Infants. Pediatrics. 2018 05; 141(5). View abstract
  19. When Our Worlds Collide. J Palliat Med. 2017 11; 20(11):1299. View abstract
  20. The Development of a Hospital-Wide Bereavement Program: Ensuring Bereavement Care for All Families of Pediatric Patients. J Pediatr Health Care. 2017 Jan - Feb; 31(1):88-95. View abstract
  21. Adding Value to Palliative Care Services: The Development of an Institutional Bereavement Program. J Palliat Med. 2015 Nov; 18(11):915-22. View abstract