Sunday, April 10, 2022

Understanding and Managing Grief & Pet Loss, April 3 - April 9, 2022

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

Many families may feel overwhelmed and bombarded with support in the first couple weeks after a death. In the months to follow, they may feel abandoned and forgotten by their community even though their grief is still very fresh. Exton-Based Nonprofit Offers Tips on How to Support a Grieving Family « Vista.Today

In this video, M. Katherine Shear, MD, of Columbia University School of Social Work and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, discusses the importance of the recent inclusion of prolonged grief disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR) and how physicians can treat this condition. When Grief Hijacks a Patient's Life « MedPage Today 

As an advocate for the bereaved, I both trust those who have performed extensive research and also approach their conclusions with measured skepticism because of the possibility of financially motivated influence from pharmaceutical companies. Nevertheless, I’m convinced we need not fear this new diagnosis, nor should its inclusion make us suspicious of psychotherapy in general. Prolonged Grief Disorder: New Diagnosis, Old Struggle « The Gospel Coalition

Prolonged grief disorder is a condition characterized by preoccupation and longing after a loss, as well as disruptions to daily functioning. Prolonged Grief Disorder: Characteristics, Symptoms, Treatment « VeryWellHealth

What is the correct amount of grief? How much bereavement constitutes an appropriate portion? And when does the expected sorrow of loss cross over into something else to be reckoned with — a mental health problem? Is grieving too long a disorder? « Salon

The most recent publication of the DSM-5-TR, with the addition of “prolonged grief disorder” is now the focus of intense scrutiny. Understanding why and how grief lingers beyond one year is imperative.  When and Why Grief Endures Beyond Twelve Months « Psychology Today 

Last year, Annette McGivney lost her beloved yellow Lab, Sunny, and was overwhelmed by sadness. Since then she’s built a new life with a challenging rescue dog, and she’s learned a lot about the healing power of human and animal bonds. What I’ve Learned from Loving a New Dog While Grieving Another « Outside Online 

Although anger is commonly identified as one of the so-called Stages of Grief, we now recognize that grief does not occur in easily defined stages, and anger is not always a part of everyone’s experience. In Grief: Is Anger One of The Stages? « Grief Healing

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