Loss and Grief
In This Chapter
• Very painful losses are a common human experience
• Time alone does not heal wounds
• There is no prescribed pathway for mourning losses
• Complicated grief reactions often occur
If you live long enough, it is inevitable that you will experience the loss of a loved one or close friend. Modern day American culture endorses a “get over it and get on with your life” attitude regarding grief. This represents a significant misunderstanding about the nature of emotional healing following loss. We’ll take a close look at this in this chapter and also see ways people can more effectively cope and heal following painful losses.
Each year in the United States, approximately 10 million people experience ...