Sunday, August 14, 2022

Understanding and Managing Grief, August 7 - August 13, 2022

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

However painful, Michael Cholbi believes grief can be valuable for the person who grieves. Grief has a purpose: the various emotions one feels as bereavement unfolds are our way of attending to the many elements of our relationship with the deceased. Beyond the Pain: A Philosopher's Guide to Grappling with Grief « The Jewish Herald-Voice

 We live in a grief-illiterate society. This is why many people who have recently lost a loved one have no familiarity with or understanding of grief, which can deepen and prolong their feelings of pain and heartache. The high costs of grief illiteracy « Quartz 

Though experts say there’s no right or wrong way to mourn someone, when the person who died is someone you had conflicted feelings about ― say, a toxic parent, or an ex-spouse with whom you begrudgingly co-parented for years ― it’s easy to feel like you’re doing it wrong. How To Process The Death Of Someone Who Negatively Affected Your Life « HuffPost 

Grief is a universal experience. We'll all grieve at some point, and we do our kids a disservice if we don't help them through that. We also send them a signal that we can't handle grieving. I've often had children tell me they haven't talked to their parents because their mom or dad isn't ready yet. Mom and Counselor on What Parents Should Know About Grief « Insider

What happens to our grief when an online friend dies? More and more of our relationships with people are entirely online. But how do we cope when an online friend dies? How to grieve for friends we only knew online « Euronews 

What happens when the important ritual of a funeral, memorial service and burial can’t take place because of distance, illness or other unexpected circumstances? How does that affect grief? Grief becomes much more internalized when we are unable to share with others. How Do You Grieve When You Can’t Attend the Funeral or Participate in Rituals? « Hospice of the Red River Valley 

[My mother] was unconscious, but right before she passed, she smiled. I have searched everywhere to see if this is a normal process of death, but can find nothing . . . I want to know what that smile meant. Everyone says 'she was at peace', but that is not good enough. I need to know if she really was at peace and happy or if it was a muscle spasm that can be explained by Science. In Grief: Dying With A Smile « Grief Healing 

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