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The Science of Grieving

The loss of a loved one is now and has always been a difficult and emotional time. The way in which a person experiences grief is a personal journey and not something that can be defined as right or wrong. Research into the topic of grief and the process of grieving can help make sense of it.

Some of the most widely accepted theories on the process of grieving are the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's Five Stages of Grief (pdf), John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory, Erich Lindemann’s grief work, Therese Rando’s Six R model and Susan Le Poidevin's Multidimensional Model.

While these models may help us understand grief in an objective, intellectual way, they are no substitute for compassion and empathy. Research shows that unresolved grief sets a person up for a host of physical and mental problems. Getting help in understanding and experiencing the grief process can be as simple as talking with a friend or finding a grief counselor.

To learn more about grief and the grieving process, refer to the resources below.


 Yoga for grief relief: simple practices for transforming your grieving mind & body

Yoga for Grief Relief: Simple Practices for Transforming Your Grieving Mind & Body by Antonio Sausys




 Catching your breath in grief: ...and grace will lead you home

Catching Your Breath in Grief: ...and Grace Will Lead You Home by Thomas Attig and William Rathie




The Truth About Grief: the Myth of its Five Stages and the New Science of Loss by Ruth Davis Konigsberg




 Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt




 Understanding Your Suicide Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt




Digital Media 

Children and Grief: Children Teaching Children About Grief (videorecording) 


From the Web

Historic tombstones and their role in grieving

How grief negatively impacts your health

Modern ways to grieve

What happens to our social media footprint when we die?

Theories and models of grief

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