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Grief Over Losing Loved One Linked to Higher Heart Attack Risks

Barry Kluger: Bereavement Act Needs to be Passed

Grief Reactions Subside in Most Children and Teens Whose Parent Dies Suddenly, but May Persist or Increase in Some Cases

When Doctors Grieve

Parenting after Traumatic Events: Ways to Support Children

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Gone but Not Forgotten: Yearning for Lost Loved Ones
Linked to Altered Thinking About the Future

APS; March 18, 2013—People suffering from complicated grief may have difficulty recalling specific events from their past or imagining specific events in the future, but not when those events involve the partner they lost, according to a new study published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Research suggests that that people who suffer from complicated grief, similar to those who suffer from post-trauamatic stress disorder or major depression, have difficulty recalling many of the specific memories of their past.

But there’s an exception: They often retain their ability to recall specific memories for events that include the lost loved one.

Graduate student Donald Robinaugh and professor of psychology Richard McNally of Harvard University were intrigued by this cognitive paradox, and it raised another question: Do thoughts of lost loved ones also shape how people with complicated grief think about the future?
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Grief and Loss through a Child’s Eyes

When my brother died, my middle daughter was only 8. As we stood in the cemetery watching them lower his ashes into the earth, she held tightly to my hand and, dry-eyed, asked “how did they fit Uncle Tony into that little box?” I explained that when Uncle Tony realized he was probably going to die, he told everyone that he wanted to be cremated afterward. I also explained that being cremated means your body is heated until it turns into ash so it can be carried more easily and will fit into smaller spaces like that box.

At the time, she didn’t ask anything more about the uncle who had been so present in her life, but even through my own grief it was easy to see signs that she was grieving too, in the unique and sporadic way that children do.

Although it is often hard for adults to notice, children do grieve when their life changes due to a family member’s death. Unfortunately, surviving adults often assume that the family’s bereavement has little impact on children; or they may assume that if they avoid talking about the death, the impact will be lessened. According to certified thanatologist Helen Fitzgerald, however, this assumption hits far wide of the mark.
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Give Sorrow More Than Words:
What Neuroscience Tells us About Grieving

The last decade has seen great strides in understanding some of the brain science behind emotions like sorrow and joy—at least of the mechanics. Using the latest technology, scientists can see some of what goes on materially in the brain when we have certain feelings, but there is much more to explore. One area that begs further study is that of grief and bereavement. How can we use the discoveries of neuroscience to help those who are grieving avoid the pitfalls that often lead to depression? First it's important to understand some of the ways bereavement affects us. (Full story . . . )

Disenfranchised Grief

When someone’s grief is downplayed by others, it isn’t always an intentional attempt to enforce cheerfulness. Sometimes the bereaved are simply overlooked, their grief downplayed by oversight. Professor of gerontology Kenneth Doka routinely explains in his books and lectures on grief management that “there are circumstances in which a person experiences a sense of loss but does not have a socially recognized right, role, or capacity to grieve. In these cases, the grief is disenfranchised.” Such people often do not receive the comfort they need in order to grieve properly and can be vulnerable to loneliness and serious, long-term depression.
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