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And all subsided in the hush
that followed, in the calm
of great wings folding
and shadowy forms lying down.

I rose and left that room,
the house of my grief
and my bondage, my book
never again to be opened.

To see as once I saw,
steadied by the darkness
in which I walked
and would make my way.

John Haines


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Myths and Realities of Mourning

by David Fireman, LCSW, Adapted from Therese A. Rando

Regrettably, our society maintains a host of unrealistic assumptions and inappropriate expectations when it comes to the work of grief and mourning. Here are some myths to consider:

1. Grief and mourning decline in a steadily decreasing fashion over time.

2. All losses prompt the same type of mourning.

3. Bereaved individuals need only express their feelings in order to resolve their mourning.

4. Grief will affect the mourner psychologically but will not interfere in other ways.

5. To be healthy after a death, the mourner must put that person out of mind.

6. Intensity and length of mourning are a testimony to love for the deceased.

7. When one mourns a death, one mourns only the loss of that person and nothing else.

8. Losing someone to a sudden, unexpected death is the same as losing someone to an anticipated death.

9. Mourning is over in a year.

10. Time alone heals grief and mourning.

Copyright, 2011
David Fireman, LCSW
773/274-4600
www.griefcounselor.org

 

 

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Pain Bonds Us - I feel close to you when you let your pain show. A protective shield inside me slides away. [read more]

Private Practice: Dynamic Psychotherapy and Bereavement Counseling (CEU) [read more]

You Know Therapy Is Working When . . . - You feel increasingly uncomfortable with the status quo when it is causing harm. [read more]

Ideas About Mourning - For the griever the future feels shattered; everything hoped for is broken and gone/ lost like a broken mirror. [read more]

Myths and Realities of Mourning - Regrettably, our society maintains a host of unrealistic assumptions and inappropriate expectations when it comes to the work of grief and mourning. Here are some myths to consider: [read more]

The Difference Between Grief and Mourning - It is critical to know the difference between grief and mourning. Both processes are there to help the bereaved face the reality that their loved one is gone and then to slowly begin to accommodate to that fact. [read more]



 
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