Sunday, April 30, 2023

Understanding and Managing Grief, April 23 - April 29, 2023

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

People in acute grief are especially vulnerable and may be very private or open to interacting with others about the details. Though the expression of sorrow may be sincere, one's personal beliefs may not be shared by the acutely bereaved. Being present and simply expressing sorrow for the person's loss is usually well-received.  What Not to Say to Someone Acutely Grieving « Psychology Today

Death can be hard to talk about, because it’s not an experience that anyone can report back from to say how it went. When you or a loved one starts approaching death, the existential stakes can go from theoretical to personal, sometimes feeling emotionally, physically and spiritually fraught. Palliative care and hospice professionals discuss what the process is like — and their insights may challenge what you think about dying. What We Get Wrong About Death, According To End-Of-Life Workers « HuffPost

Not all psychiatrists, therapists and counselors are experienced in, educated in, and trained in thanatology (the study of death, dying, grief and loss). Like everything else in health care today, grief counseling and grief therapy are specialties with their own body of knowledge, research, and recommended best clinical practices, and just because you're seeing a psychiatrist, it doesn't necessarily follow that he is knowledgeable about the normal grief process. Seeing a Specialist in Grief Counseling: Why It Matters « Grief Healing

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