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Common Features Of Grief And Bereaving

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Grief can have several common features. One is guilt. How much of this guilt can be perceived Bowlby states stems from the ‘pain following loss, which is the result of a sense of guilt and a fear of retaliation’. (Bowlby, 26. 1980) At these times focus is essential. Guilt needs to be evaluated and resolved since it is one of the least endurable features of mourning. Therefore, gaining an understanding of guilt can enable a bereaved person to work through this phase otherwise as Parkes noted, ‘it can often lead to physical illness’. (Parkes, 261. 1986) Abnormal grief is seen most often with anger and guilt. This idea is apparent when the bereaved individual had a highly dependent relationship with the person who died. For this reason, bereavement,
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