Two Weeks to Grieve

Below is a link to the most extensive and well-written article I have read concerning the proposed “bereavement exclusion” changes to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5. At the bottom of the article Dr. Caccitore gives excellent reasons why this should matter, along with a call to action. I strongly recommend reading it, along with the comments.

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore: “DSM V and Ethical Relativism

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7 thoughts on “Two Weeks to Grieve

  1. I’m so glad you’ve shared this. I really want to spend some time studying this and then sharing with my friends. I appreciate how you are keeping this subject in the forefront. Very important! Debra

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  3. Thank you Rebecca for visiting my BLOG. I read your story and this article – here is a hug – thank you for sharing.
    Grief is about a broken heart, not a broken brain. It’s about the relationship and the intensity of the relationship that creates our grief journey. I explain this in my book Life Interrupted – Greater Success by Managing Life’s Toughest Moments. This is a guide book, a way for me to walk alongside people as they experience each day without their loved one. It would be wonderful to connect with you. I have a beautiful poem that I give to everyone I meet…it’s one of those that you keep by your bed. Hugs, Laurie

  4. Thank you for your comments on my post The Absence of Words. We’ve all had some form of grief to deal with, but what we learn from our experiences can be beneficial to those whose words wound rather than heal. My hope is that we all learn to do more listening. Blessings to you as you work through your own unique grief.

  5. “Medicalize Grief”
    Interesting – I’m reminded of a time when I motivated myself to get through the day by reminding myself of a time in U.S. history where mothers often buried 75% of their offspring, few children made it to the age of 11 without losing a parent or becoming an orphan – and telling myself, “look at them! They built this country! And you’re still wallowing in it – – ”

    And then I watched the documentaries on our Founding Fathers – how their letters are filled with grief for lost spouses and children – how their temperments were thought to be forged by grief – how anxious they became when no letters arrived from home and they couldn’t travel back to check and make sure everyone was all right – –

    I’ve come to the conclusion that if you’re lucky enough to live long enough, you’ll experience the twin blade of Unspeakable Joy via Loving and Unbearable Pain via Loss – – at least, that’s my latest story of how to cope….If you love, you will suffer loss and it’s merely two sides to the same coin…

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