Psychology and Human Experience: Responding to a Bereaved Acquaintance Introduction Psychology is not always a business of models and statistics and can refer to everyday life, as in the scenario of running across an old friend from high school and learning that his mother has just died. Of course, sympathy should be conveyed politely, listening to the person’s response. Learning that his mother was ill for some years and had died of a trying form of cancer, there should be indication that one wishes to listen, to give the person an opportunity to be heard and understood. Depending upon how well the person was once known and their personal and cultural attributes, more conversation is warranted, perhaps volunteering to help with the next...The end:
.....ined of typical human reactions to this predicament or that one, or that counselors of different kinds need ample training to help bereaved persons, may tell a good deal of what has been neglected and why this should be so. References Boss, P. 2010. The trauma and complicated grief of ambiguous loss. Pastoral Psychology, 59, 137-145. Drescher, K. & D. Foy. 2010. When horror and loss interact – traumatic experiences and traumatic bereavement. Pastoral Psychology, 59, 147-158. Hottensen, D. 2010. Grief in patients with cancer. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 14, 106-107. Lundgren, B. & C. Houseman. 2010. Banishing Death – the disappearance of the appreciation of mortality. OMEGA – Journal of Death & Dying, 61, 2000, 223-249.