Myths and Facts about Grief


MYTH: The pain will go away faster if you ignore it.

FACT: Trying to ignore your pain or keep it from surfacing will only make it worse in the long run. For real healing, it is necessary to face your grief and actively deal with it. We have to accept the loss, not just try to bear it quietly. Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast and is forced to multiply its strength.


MYTH: It's important to be strong in the face of loss.

FACT: Feeling sad, frightened or lonely is a normal reaction to loss. Crying doesn't mean you are weak.


MYTH: Grief should last about a year.

FACT: There is no right or wrong time frame for grieving. How long it takes can differ from person to person.


MYTH: If you don't cry, it means you aren't sorry about the loss.  

FACT: Crying is a normal response to sadness but it is not the only one.



Taken from the presentation of Dr. Gerardine Sayo, MD (Psychiatry and Geriatric Medicine) during the Grief Seminar for St Peter Chapels conducted in November 2013.


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