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Grief and duel processes part 1: A short introduction posted Apr 9, 2018


Grief is one of the most, if not the most universal experience humans experience. All of us will experience grief. Interestingly enough, it is probably one of the most misunderstood and often unspoken experiences as well. The myths and the taboo attitudes toward death prompted my research on the topic.

First thing’s first, what is Grief? Grief, also known as dual process, is the feeling we experience when we lose someone or something in which we had an emotional attachment. Normally, when grief is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is death. However, death is not the only time we experience grief. We go through a dual process when we go through breakups, when we leave our parent’s house, when we come home from vacation, or when get nostalgic about our childhoods.

Grief triggers a series of different symptoms that cover the physical, mental and behavioral spectrums. This does not mean that every dual experience will trigger major changes, but it does mean that it will affect them, depending on the nature of the loss and the resiliency of the person mourning. Each loss is different and the grieving process is different for everyone.

When it comes to a dual process, there are misconceptions that society has forced upon us via media platforms and psychology forums as well as resources on the Internet. These ideas are reproduced by family and friends, which can make the grieving process more difficult, by passing along information that creates false expectations. As such, these false expectations can interrupted that person’s natural grief process.

Are you currently going through a dual process? Contact me and we can set an appointment for you to start working through it!

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Javier Molina, LP

/ Licensed Psychologist / LP