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Dr. Gary L. Sidley says
Some excellent points. I especially like your taking issue with making grief into a mental illness.
Are their differences, from a psychological viewpoint, as to the relationship with the deceased? What is the impact of the grief losing a parent, sibling or child compared with a close friend? Do these associations produce grief of varying intensity?
It is not how the deceased is related to you (partner, parent, child, sibling, friend) that will determine the likely strength of the grief reaction, but more the nature of the relationship that exists and the circumstances of the death.
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Vernon Bradley says
My interpretation of your answer is that grieving can be healthy mentally but only if the grieving is in balance with logic and emotion. What happens when the grieving becomes 'out of whack' or as you suggest being 'stuck'? Is this mentally unhealthy
By "stuck," I meant when the logical brain does not affirm the sensibility of the emotions. Grieving is out of whack when it is not affirmed or denied and then shut down or you convince yourself you are done when you are not.
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