Articles on Grief

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In Western society, endless reiteration of grief in speech is not generally acceptable. Songs can allow this to happen. shutterstock

Singing death: why music and grief go hand in hand

From spontaneous mass singing after a terror attack to Irish laments, music reflects the painful, complex and laborious task of mourning.
Making death masks of notorious criminals was common in the 19th century, such as this cast of murderer William Burke at the University of Edinburgh’s Anatomy Museum. David Cheskin/PA

What we can learn from death rites of the past will help us treat the dead and grieving better today

Saints' relics, locks of hair, the laying of flowers: keeping the dead close took many forms in the past. We could learn from them today.
Accepting grief is important for moving toward hope. Shanon Wise

Why there is no healing without grief

After Donald Trump's victory, a scholar says the biblical prophets can help show us the way forward: Just as there is no peace without justice, there is no healing without grief.
Nurses can be scared to talk about suicide just as much as the next person. shutterstock/ArtFamily

Even nurses aren’t immune to the stigma of suicide

The lack of suicide training provided in nursing programmes can leave nurses feeling like there is a risk of further harm to the patient.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Briana Hunter/Shutterstock

How to unlock your inner resilience

Because we all have it in us to be strong and courageous.
We found those grieving for a lost spouse are at an increased risk of atrial fibrillation. ashley rose,/Flickr

Death of a partner can endanger your heart health

The risk of developing an irregular heartbeat was 41% higher among those who were grieving a partner's loss than among those who hadn't experienced such loss. And this could last up to a year.

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