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What is "grief work" anyway?

By April 10, 2012 4 Comments

People cope with the loss of a loved one in many different ways. For some, the experience may lead to personal growth, even though it is a difficult and trying time. There is no right or wrong way to cope with the passing of a loved one.”
I like this article on grief and bereavement. Grief work, the path that a mourner walks, is thoughtfully discussed. Did you ever wonder what the difference is between grief, bereavement and mourning? This article explains the differences along with information on some special types such as anticipatory and complicated grief. Although this article is from the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, much of the information applies to grief in general. 

4 Comments

  • Julie Lockhart says:
  • Julie Lockhart says:

    Jenna, you are a blogger! Nice photo, too. Here’s what I liked about the article because they really explain for me what I went through when I had a miscarriage and also when my ex-husband died:What are the phases of grief?The process of bereavement may be described as having four phases:Shock and numbness: Family members find it difficult to believe the death; they feel stunned and numb. Yearning and searching: Survivors experience separation anxiety and cannot accept the reality of the loss. They try to find and bring back the lost person and feel ongoing frustration and disappointment when this is not possible. Disorganization and despair: Family members feel depressed and find it difficult to plan for the future. They are easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating and focusing. Reorganization: Survivors begin to accept their loss and to establish new ties to others, with a gradual return of interests and activities.

  • Meri Aaron Walker says:
  • Meri Aaron Walker says:

    I want to echo Julie’s post, Jenna. Nice photo and a great quote. I would love to hear more about how this article affects you, specifically. What did you learn that you didn’t know before reading it? And how does that learning make a change in your everyday experience? More! More!

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