Grief, Unedited – NYTimes.com

Grief, Unedited – NYTimes.com.

Grieving is often assumed to take a long time, a year or more, before people begin to full normalize their new life sans the deceased.  It seems, however, that for many older widows and widowers, it might not take more than a half a year to move forward in one’s new life.  Counseling the grieving means recognizing that if a person is not grieving in the manner we expect, we shouldn’t necessarily be concerned as perhaps they are further along than we would assume.  Also, since grieving is not done in set stages, we can’t box people in to moving forward step by step.

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