MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT GRIEF
MYTH: The pain will go away faster if I ignore it.
Fact: Trying to ignore the pain will only make it worse. For real healing you must face your grief and actively deal with it.
MYTH: It’s important to “be strong” in the face of loss.
Fact: Feeling, sad, frightened or lonely is a normal reaction to loss. Crying doesn’t mean you are weak. Showing your true feelings can help your family and friends and you.
MYTH: Grief should last about a year.
Fact: There is no right or wrong time frame for grieving. It can differ from person to person.
MYTH: Moving on with your life means you are forgetting the one you lost.
Fact: Moving on means you have accepted your loved one’s death. That is not the same as forgetting. You can go on with your life and keep your loved one’s memory a part of you.
MYTH: Friends can help by not bringing up the subject.
Fact: People who are grieving usually want and need to talk about their loss. Bringing up the subject can make it easier to talk about.
For more go to www.griefandhealing.org