WHAT ARE THE THE TASKS OF MOURNING IN MENTAL HEALTH?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

Knowing
that a person who is grieving will move through the stages discussed may not
help us to be with the bereaved person.

There are
tasks of mourning – that is, what needs to happen at the different stages or
phases. If there is denial, the person needs to accept reality. If there is anger or sadness, that needs to
be experienced and so on. So, the tasks of mourning are:

Stage
1

To
accept the reality of loss
Stage 2

To
experience the pain of grief
Stage 3

To
adjust to the new situation
Stage 4
To withdraw emotional energy from the loss and put it into a new
situation or relationship.

The idea of “tasks” may be a hindrance. Tasks are seen as something to be done, to be completed.  The tasks of grieving are not like that as it may cause us to have expectations of the…

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