Mourning and Melancholia

It is impossible for a person to mourn the loss of a loved one, except in a gradual acceptance of the finality of death on both a cognitive and an emotional level.  It is a protracted process by which the bereaved prolongs interphysically the existence of the lost by means of both painful remembering and reality testing by separating memory from hope.  The slowness of the process serves to protect the mourner from being overwhelmed by grief.

© 2018 David Mylor

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