The Right Way to Grieve

IMG_4133smallerUnderstanding how you are “wired” may be helpful to you as you grieve.

If you are highly social and need interaction you may desire a good deal of contact with others as you grieve. More introverted grievers may need to withdraw and retreat to process their grief.

If you process information concretely you may see your loss as a fact you need to deal with. If you receive information more intuitively, you may desire to understand the meaning of the loss.

Those who internalize their emotions may appear very different than those who externalize what they feel. Yet, they can be grieving just as much.

How you interact with others, take in information, and experience emotions are aspects of your personality that you use in everyday life. Trust who you are and what you need. The “right” way to grieve is what is right for you.

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Dr. Patrick O’Malley is a psychotherapist in Fort Worth, Texas, specializing in grief counseling. For 35 years, he has counseled individuals, couples and families in his private practice. Dr. O'Malley has recently published a book, "Getting Grief Right" about grief recovery.

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