Suffocating and Silencing Grief

Mourning is the outward expression of loss and grief.  In many cultures there are precise and accepted mourning rituals in how one and society expresses grief.  When other societies come into contact, sometimes mourning rituals may seem odd to others.  Some may be more silent while others may be very dramatic.  Whichever the case, when these types of mourning and expression are restricted by others, then the grief becomes suffocated.  This can cause multiple issues to the griever.  In some ways this is also a type of grief bullying.

Society sometimes will attempt to silence or suffocate certain types of mourning behaviors. Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification


This is also the case in certain places.  For instance, in hospitals, individuals look to silence or quiet the loud sobbing or crying of an individual who is given bad news.  In an attempt to keep others more comfortable, the mourning becomes restricted because the behavior is not meeting the societal standards of the time and place.  This is an issue with different ethnicities and races in how they grieve and how society reacts to their grieving.  Minorities can face a less receptive audience when grief overtakes them than others.  This relates to their grieving in school as well as work.  Such reactions to suffocate the public display of grief or silence it can have negative effects on the griever.

Please also review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Grief Counseling.

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