Beyond Myths: Embracing Grief

Date Added: 11/12/2023

There is no doubt that grief is a universal but unique process. Everyone encounters grief in their life, but no two people experience it the same way. Despite theoretical models explaining the grieving process, most of us grieve in ways that don't fit these models.

When unfamiliar with this process, many of us try to fit our grief into a predefined shape. We might also have preconceived notions about how grief should be, leading to the dissemination of myths about grief among people.

Let's examine these myths more closely together.


The Right Way to Grieve:

         The most common myth about grief is that there is a right way to grieve. However, this is not true. Every individual experiences grief uniquely. For example, some people cry, while others might scream. Some prefer solitude, while others seek more social connections. In all forms this is totally normal.

Loss Beyond Death:

         Another common false belief is that only the loss of someone causes grief. In reality, various types of loss can cause grief. While the loss of a person can indeed bring grief, losing a job, a pet, belongings, or even a life role can also trigger grief. Grieving for environmental destruction or the struggles of others is entirely normal.

Grief as Just Sadness:

         Additionally, the misconception that grief is simply an intense form of sadness is widespread. Grief encompasses a range of emotions, including anger, jealousy, gratitude, hope, and joy. Positive emotions can be part of the grief process, and experiences vary widely. Some may have a rollercoaster of emotions, while others find their emotions predictable and consistent.

The Myth of Advice:

         Another common myth about grief is that advice is the best way to help someone who is grieving. Despite positive intentions, offering advice can come across as judgmental, impersonal, or insensitive. Being there for them when they need it and reminding them of your care, consideration for their needs, and respect for their wishes are among the best ways to support someone who is grieving.




         In the diverse world of grief, there's no right or wrong way—it's uniquely ours. Embracing the individuality of this journey, understanding that grief wears many faces, and offering support without judgment can make all the difference. So, let's navigate this path together with kindness, knowing that being there for one another is the truest form of comfort.





M.S.c Senanur Demirtas

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