Great article on grief and introverts. In helping people deal with grief it is helpful to know what type of person they are. This will tell us a great deal about who they are and how they may react to grief. Introverts have special needs. Certified grief counselors need to know how to help them. Please also review our bereavement counseling training program
The article, “Introverts And Grief” by Mark Liebenow states,
“I am really screwed now. My wife Evelyn has just died, and she was the one person I would trust to help me with grief. I’m not likely to share my emotions with anyone else, yet I know that if I don’t, I am going to be in big trouble.”
This is what I realized when I began grieving. If you’re an introvert and male like me, you find it hard to share any strong emotion with anyone, even in the best of times. This presents a problem when dealing with grief. If given the choice, we would close the drapes and hole up until grief was gone. But we sense that grief isn’t going to leave without the help of others. We will just descend into a dank, dark pit of funk and sit there.
My wife and I were radically different in our expression of emotions. She could freely and completely express whatever she was feeling at any moment. Me? Not so much. You have to ask how I’m feeling and then wait.”
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