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Marie Arrigo
D: 2018-06-21
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Arrigo, Marie
Laraine Papageorgiou
D: 2018-06-19
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Papageorgiou, Laraine
Gregory Hionas
B: 1958-07-05
D: 2018-06-18
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Hionas, Gregory
Pasquale Lopopolo
D: 2018-06-16
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Lopopolo, Pasquale
Leonard Iannacone
B: 1939-12-16
D: 2018-06-15
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Iannacone, Leonard
Manuel Perez
D: 2018-06-14
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Perez, Manuel
Churchill Kissoon
D: 2018-06-14
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Kissoon, Churchill
William Williams
D: 2018-06-14
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Williams, William
Luis Rodriguez
D: 2018-06-14
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Rodriguez, Luis
Angela Rindone
D: 2018-06-13
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Rindone, Angela
Timothy Prezzano
D: 2018-06-13
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Prezzano, Timothy
Bessie Marengo
B: 1951-01-22
D: 2018-06-12
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Marengo, Bessie
Lothaire Germain
D: 2018-06-10
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Germain, Lothaire
Charles SanFilippo
D: 2018-06-08
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SanFilippo, Charles
Kelvin Bartholomew
D: 2018-06-08
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Bartholomew, Kelvin
Alliette Carrenard
D: 2018-06-07
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Carrenard, Alliette
Juana Cotto
D: 2018-06-07
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Cotto, Juana
Luz Taveras
B: 1938-04-26
D: 2018-06-04
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Taveras, Luz
Mary Contini
D: 2018-06-03
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Contini, Mary
Antoinette Ficalora
D: 2018-06-02
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Ficalora, Antoinette
Carlyle Joseph
D: 2018-06-02
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Joseph, Carlyle

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Bereavement & Grieving Stages

grieving stages girlNo one is prepared for the bereavement stages. The rush of feelings, the thoughts, anxieties, and heartache can take us by surprise and drive us to our knees. Yet, when we choose to harness that power for self-growth, amazing things can happen. Good can come from pain.

Sigmund Freud first brought up the concept of grief work in 1917, and today the idea that bereavement is purpose-driven continues.

Dr. James Worden chose to see the work of bereavement as task-oriented:

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Your current job is to focus your attention on achieving each of those goals. It will not occur in any logical order; each of us is different and the path we walk in the bereavement journey is not a straight one.

Dealing with the process of grieving and healing is hard work. It takes both courage and hard work to successfully adapt to the loss of a significant person in your life.

6 Stages of Grief 

Dr. Stephen Joseph identifies 6 bereavement stages to facilitate posttraumatic growth. He reminds readers too that "posttraumatic growth does not imply the absence of emotional distress and difficulties in living. It does imply that it is possible through the struggle to come out on the other side, stronger and more philosophical about life."

Before identifying these six stages of grief, Dr. Joseph reminds his readers of three very important things:

  • You are not on your own
  • Trauma is a normal and natural process
  • Growth is a journey

He also provides a fundamental rule: don't do anything you might not be able to handle now. "If you experience intense emotions, become physically upset, or begin to panic...stop." He gently reminds readers that "having a sense of personal control over your recovery is important. There might be some things you do not feel ready to handle now, but in time, as you discover new strength and develop new coping skills, this will likely change." 

process of grieving


"By focusing on these 6 stages of grief," writes Dr. Joseph, "you will find that your posttraumatic growth is beginning to take root."

Sources: 

Freud, Sigmund. On the History of the Psycho-Analytic Movement Papers on Metaphyschology and Other Works.
Worden, James. Grief Counseling & Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner

Fleming, Stephen. The Changing Face of Grief: From 'Going On to 'On-Going''
Joseph, Stephen. What Doesn't Kill Us: the New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth