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.
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