Alec Baker, Psy.D.

The Positive Psychology of Grief

The Positive Psychology of Grief

Can grief be a positive emotion? Patty O’Grady, a professor and developmental psychologist, contends that positive mourning is the best way to get through an event that fills us with what may seem to be bottomless and unending sorrow. She states that people who experience a soul-wrenching loss should share their grief with others. Listening to funny or joyous stories about their loved ones is uplifting and comforting. Seeking help from others can bring some peace; don’t try to keep your grief to yourself. When people ask, “What can I do to help?”, let them know. Gather strength from the courage of both the departed person and the survivors.

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