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Exploring a hidden pearl: Understanding grief. Importance of bereavement support groups in adults in times of COVID-19
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CitationBulut, S. ve Can, F. (2021). Exploring a hidden pearl: Understanding grief. Importance of bereavement support groups in adults in times of COVID-19. Journal of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Care, 3(2), 1-7.
Grief is a natural process which one experiences after the loss of a loved one, and often accompanied by strong emotions of pain, sorrow and discomfort. For bereaved persons to maintain their psychological functions, it is significant to go through a healthy process of grief. In this article, two major restrictions are defined as an obstacle for a healthy grief process in COVID-19 period. First is the degradation and reduction of traditional rituals due to secularization and individualization of the 21st century, which also led care providers to perceive death as no longer a natural process but as a medical failure or defeat. The second obstacle is the pandemic restrictions which do not allow people to apply rituals such as saying goodbye, seeing the body of the loved one, organizing a funeral and receiving support from the society. This article explores the importance of rituals and group support from the perspective of grief theories as well as recent research conducted on grief.