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Grief is a universal and natural experience among people of every culture and throughout the animal kingdom. Grief can involve a wide variety of emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and physical sensations (reviewed in Beischel, Mosher, & Boccuzzi, 2014-15).

Although it was previously believed that the bereaved should attempt to mentally sever their bonds with their deceased loved ones, it is now understood that recognizing that a continuing bond between the living and the deceased exists is a healthier and more realistic goal. “Letting go” and “moving on” are outdated terms and may no longer be relevant when thinking about grief (Klass & Steffen, 2017).

In addition, the ideas that grief has stages or involves required tasks are not accurate. Experiencing many different emotions, even within the same day, is normal (e.g, Konigsberg, 2011).

Cited Sources

Beischel, J., Mosher, C. & Boccuzzi, M. (2014-15). The possible effects on bereavement of assisted after-death communication during readings with psychic mediums: A continuing bonds perspective. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 70(2), 169-194. doi: 10.2190/OM.70.2.b
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Klass, D. E., & Steffen, E. (Eds). (2017). Continuing bonds in bereavement: New directions for research and practice. London, UK: Routledge.
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Konigsberg, R. D. (2011). The truth about grief: The myth of its five stages and the new science of loss. Simon and Schuster.
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