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Grief in a Culture of Positivism

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Grieving people are often concerned that their feelings of loss are “negative.” I believe this concern comes from living in a culture that defines positivity as the goal for all life circumstances.

How then do we think about grief in this culture that extols positivism? If a positive person feels happy, upbeat and cheerful, is a grieving person who is sad, distraught and tearful a negative person?

The answer is no. There is no useful purpose in identifying feelings as positive or negative when describing grief.

The experience of suffering that comes from a loss occurs because an attachment in this life has been broken by death. The feelings of grief are expressions of love, not negativity.

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Getting Grief Right

by Dr. Patrick O'Malley

A masterpiece that will touch your heart and soul with healing powers. • A compassionate, wise, and practical guide • A must read for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.


Grief Therapist

Dr. Patrick O’Malley is a psychotherapist in Fort Worth, Texas, who specializes in grief counseling. For 40 years, he has counseled individuals, couples and families
in his private practice.


Getting Grief Right

by Dr. Patrick O'Malley

By the time Mary came to see me, six months after losing her daughter to sudden infant death syndrome, she had hired and fired two other therapists. She was trying to get her grief right...

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