Let the grieving heal at their own pace, psychologist says


Posted at Oct 31 2017 09:17 AM

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MANILA - People mourning their departed loved ones should be given the leeway to heal at their own pace and they should also give themselves the same space, a psychologist said Tuesday.

Grieving persons should listen to themselves and their bodies and heed its needs, even if it includes not visiting cemeteries for All Souls' Day, counselling psychologist Sofia Lina of the Ateneo Bulatao Center said.

"If they’re scared, maybe that’s saying something: maybe they’re not yet ready, and that’s okay," she told ANC's Headstart.

"I would tell that person to just hold it, respect yourself, respect your own needs, respect your own body’s needs and the healing will come with that, to let yourself be where you are," she said.

"If right now, it’s to grieve, it’s to cry—honestly, if it’s not to get out of bed right now—then stay with that because maybe that’s what you need right now," she added.