Nathalie Jonsson

Science Writer 

Life Beyond Death


Loss is universal and can be the most stressful event you will ever experience. The grieving process is highly individual and often connected to culture. It also depends on degree of attachment and age of the deceased and whether the death is sudden or if there has been some time for acceptance.

When dealing with an unexpected death the normal process can be divided into four phases:

Following a group of Indian mourners for a year showed that the only sign of grief that did not decline was idealising and looking at old photos of the deceased. The increase can be explained by an anniversary held in honor of the deceased.

Photos, idealisation and anniversaries are, quite frankly, not too very bad scars to carry with you for the rest of your life.

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