What are the consequences of bereavement?

While mourning is a process that is experienced in an intimate way, it is also a social event that has medical and psychological consequences and at all levels of relationships, whether family, friends or professional.

To know if his mourning is normal or pathological?

If in our modern societies solidarity and mutual aid have little place, the person who is grieving is quickly pushed aside or rejected and considered vulnerable. This lack of recognition prevents freedom of speech and encourages hiding.

Beyond the will, mourning is therefore a personal process of healing which naturally lasts several weeks and which makes it possible to move from a relationship to an inner bond without forgetting the deceased person. However, the absence of listening can hinder this process and require support from a professional.

What are the impacts?

Often underestimated, the impacts of bereavement are still too little known in France. For millions of French people, however, bereavement impacts work, sometimes requiring a long work stoppage, but also children’s school work or even health.

It is not only a major risk factor for suicide, but also for excess mortality, particularly in the elderly. Finally, the psychological consequences are far from negligible on sleep, anxiety or mood, requiring in some cases the taking of drug treatments.

Find out more: Empreinte Association: www.empreintes-asso.com

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