Don’t Be Afraid to Tackle the Mental Health Issues Associated With Grief
By the Reverend Sue Wintz
Not long ago I was given a book on grief, one of those self-published books that anyone can write and sell on Amazon. The basic premise being promoted by the author is that grief can “be defeated” if one just has enough faith in whatever spiritual/religious tradition they embrace. If one is struggling with grief, the author says, they need to have “increased faith” and “quit stewing.” “Too much latitude is encouraged especially in terms of time for grief,” according to the writer. “One cannot rest in peace if his or her loved ones are stewing in excessive grief.”
In other words, the author is saying that if someone is grieving the death of a loved one, he or she simply needs to “get over it.” That really made me feel angry.