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You May Be Believing 5 Myths About Grief

Grief and loss still remain as one of our society’s greatest taboos. We even hesitate to use the word “death” and instead use euphemism like “passing away.'' After all, it is a difficult and painful subject to discuss. Reluctance to discuss this subject, however, can provide space for myths to spread, which makes grieving all the more difficult. Psychology Today presents to us five myths about grief that we might be believing. Here is one of them:

Myth #1: Grief is an emotion.
One of the most common misconceptions about grief is that it’s a feeling. Given that grief occurs in some of the most painful situations anyone can imagine, we generally associate it with depression. But grief is actually a process composed of many emotions, including expected ones like sadness, as well as more surprising ones like anger, frustration, guilt, or even shock.
It’s common during grief to experience positive feelings, as well, such as relief that our loved one is out of pain. At times, people also can feel numb, almost like the death hadn’t happened. What’s important to know is that all of these emotions—at least in measured amounts—are normal.

Check out the others over at the site.

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I don't know why this is on my Google feed. I do NOT like it. Do not, in a sound bite, or in any other way, purport to instruct me about grief. It is a misleading thing to do. As someone conversant with grief, the grieving process, for the past decade, I am highly disturbed and genuinely concerned at the further, invasive dispersal effect on one who is grieving by such. It is not helpful, but further damaging, an additional piece the one grieving will have to sort out, and which will anger the one grieving when the cognition is achieved. The Grief Recovery Institute and the 20th anniversary edition of their Handbook is a good source, reference. Reliable, comprehensive; tried and true method. Can also highly recommend the work (books) of Dr. Charles L. Whitfield (Healing the Child Within).
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My sister recently passed away (see I used it too). I knew it was coming and I did have a brief feeling of loss. We are having a memorial service for nher next Friday. I still will not be able to speak at it. I guess that is grief.
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