Fifth Hour

1250 What was critical at the point of grief is offering comfort, consolations, and explanations. Sometimes the bereaved obsessively ruminate some events which led to the death or loss and ended up blaming themselves or other people for it. This may end up bringing major depressions to the bereaved especially those who were close to the deceased as husband or wife in the first few months. Hallucinatory experiences may also come up. In case of complicated grief like unresolved, post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD). some distinct treatment may be required to relieve the person. What I thought was an important subject of the event is the therapy offered to the bereaved. For instance, sometimes the bereaved had symptoms like intrusive thoughts and images of the deceased which led to a painful yearning for the presence of the dead, denying the death, desperate loneliness, bitterness, and anger. In such cases, the bereaved told the story of the death from time to time and listened to tapes of the recitations. This aided people to accept death. The bereaved were also let to learn to confront thoughts and situations they have been avoiding. It was also important to evoke happy memories and uphold imaginary conversations with the bereaved under the guidance of a therapist.