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Listen Up! Grievers Need to be Heard - Talking About Loss

Talking about loss provides an emotional outlet

Talking about loss

Grieving individuals often experience a wide range of emotions. By listening, you validate their feelings, letting them know that it's okay to feel whatever they are feeling, whether it's sadness, anger, confusion, or even relief. This validation can be immensely comforting and reassuring.

Talking about the person who has died allows the grieving person to keep their memory alive. Sharing stories and memories helps in celebrating the life of the loved one and ensures that their presence is felt, even if only through words.

Grief can be overwhelming. Talking about loss provides an emotional outlet, a way to process and express intense feelings. This release can prevent emotions from being bottled up, which can lead to more complicated grief or other emotional issues.

When someone listens with empathy and understanding, it fosters a sense of connection and support.

The grieving person feels less alone in their pain, knowing that someone else acknowledges and shares in their sorrow.

Grief involves making sense of a new reality without the loved one. Speaking about the deceased helps the griever process this reality cognitively, integrating the loss into their understanding of life.

Each retelling of memories can be therapeutic, helping the grieving individual to slowly come to terms with the loss. It allows them to reconstruct a narrative that incorporates the loss into their life story.

Discussing the person affirms the importance of the relationship. It honours the connection that was shared and acknowledges the impact that person had on the griever's life.

Mourning is the outward expression of grief. By listening, you provide a safe space for the grieving person to mourn openly, which is an essential part of the healing process.

In essence, by allowing someone to talk about the person they cared about, you're giving them a precious opportunity to 'spend time' with that person in a new way. This can be a deeply meaningful and healing experience, helping them in their journey of grief.


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