23 Apr '11, 11pm

How to Grieve: 5 Myths That Hurt

How to Grieve: 5 Myths That Hurt

By Paula Spencer, Caring.com senior editor Grief is a natural response to loss, and it can unfold in many ways. Unfortunately, well-intentioned onlookers — dubbed “grief police” by grief expert Robert Neimeyer, professor of psychology at the University of Memphis — often say things that mistakenly imply to the bereaved that there’s a “right” way to grieve. Consider these all-too-common grief myths: Myth #1: It’s possible to cry too much. Everyone grieves differently. There’s no single correct way to express the pain, sorrow, yearning, and other aspects of the transition of adjusting to the death of a loved one. Intense responses are sometimes seen as “losing control,” when in fact they’re simply how that person is actively (and productively) processing the loss. Myth #2: If you don’t cry now, it’ll be worse later. Some people never cry. Tears or outward expressions of angu...

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