Understanding Grief

Paul Rogers Although many of us are able to speak frankly death, still have a lot to learn about dealing wisely with its aftermath: grief, the natural reaction to loss of a loved one. Relatively few of us know to say or do that can be truly helpful to a relative, friend or acquaintance who is grieving. In fact, relatively few who have suffered a painful loss know how to be most helpful to themselves. Two new books by psychotherapists who have worked extensively in the field of loss grief are replete with stories guidance that can help both those in mourning the people they encounter avoid many of the common pitfalls misunderstandings associated with grief. Both books attempt to correct false assumptions about how how long grief might be experienced. One book, “’s OK That You’re Not OK,” by Megan Devine of Portland, Ore., has the telling subtitle “Meeting Grief Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand.” It grew out of the tragic loss of her partner, who drowned at age 39 while the couple was on vacation. The other book, especially illuminating in its coverage of how […]

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