Many individuals new to loss do not understand its very nature. They think grief is a pathology or grief is short term and individuals get over it. These ideals are quickly dismissed as the person realizes grief is a life long journey that helps us deal with loss. It is a reaction to loss. Loss is part of life and hence unfortunately so is grief. As a person accepts this, then their healthy reaction to grief and loss changes. The ability to understand that grief is a life long journey and that grief is not something to dismiss but to embrace is a reality that helps the person recover and adjust to the new reality.
The article, “Grief For Beginners: 5 Things To Know About Processing Loss” by Stephanie O’Neil looks at five key points that beginners in grief need to discover. She states,
“Psychologist William Worden developed the concept, which involves four main tasks: acceptance of the loss, processing that loss, adjusting to life without the deceased person and finding ways to maintain an enduring connection with your loved one as you continue your life.”
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Grief is a long process but it brings healing if one accepts it and works through it with the correct mindset. Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.