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1. keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss.
2. mental suffering or distress in response to a threatened or real loss, as loss of a body part or function, death of another person, or loss of one's possessions, job, status, or ideals; see also mourning. Various theorists have proposed stages of grieving; see descriptions under dying.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


a normal emotional response to an external loss; distinguished from a depressive disorder because it usually subsides after a reasonable time.
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A normal emotional response to an external loss; distinguished from a depressive disorder because it usually subsides after a variable but reasonable time.
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The mental and physical responses to major loss of whatever kind, especially loss of a loved person. The mental aspects include unhappiness, anguish and pain, guilt, anger and resentment. The physical aspects are caused by overaction of the sympathetic part of the autonomic nervous system. This causes rapid breathing and heart rate, loss of appetite, a sense of a lump in the throat (GLOBUS HYSTERICUS), a fluttering sensation in the upper abdomen and sometimes severe restlessness. Grief follows a pattern of recognizable stages, some of which are: a sense of being stunned; refusal to accept the event; denial; a feeling of alarm; anger; a sense of guilt; and, eventually, consolation, adjustment and forgetting.
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Patient discussion about grief

Q. what should i take for a sorrow throat?

A. There are many types of tablets you can take under your tongue that help relieve the pain, and you can get them over the counter. You should see a doctor if the sore throat continues longer than 1-2 days, to makw sure there is no possible bacterial infection involved in which case you will need antibiotics.

Q. On Joy and Sorrow Kahlil Gibran Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

A. without experiencing joy we could not recognize sorrow. and consequently, without sorrow we could not recognize joy.

Q. when do i know if my hobby of drinking become not healthy as addiction to the sorrow drop?

A. CRISTA;YOU NEED TO GET A BETTER HOBBIE?--hobbies are fun but this one is dangerous(check out some of the answers on this web site about alcohol--every time you take a drink you are killing brain cells -liver cells an causing an electro imbalance in your body,thats way people get a hangover ofter drinking--ALCOHOL AS A HOBBIE(BAD NEWS)-mrfoot56

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Good Grief was published in 1961, nearly 50 years ago, and is just now being reissued in a new edition for that anniversary.
His daughters Jane Westberg and Jill Westberg McNamara, write that in March of 1961, "he chose to preach on grief, including the stages many people appeared to go through as they dealt with losing a loved one, a job, or something else that was important in their lives.
When we go through any significant grief experience, we come out of it as different people.
He proclaims, "And how great were the griefs which then pierced the sacred heart of our beloved and divine Savior.
I suffer in it, since it is one flesh with mine, its grief comes back to me.
While maintaining Christ's bodily pain as distinct from Mary's grief, he described the two as so unified by their experience that Mary actually became one with Jesus on the cross.
Throughout this special section we have emphasized the difficulties caused by the crisis of loss and the experience of bereavement, such as the potential of complicated grief and the special case of parentally bereaved children.
It is critical to keep this positive view of grief in mind when considering best practices in counseling those who are grieving because it treats counseling as facilitating growth rather than simply mending loss.
Though the term has been adopted widely, its usage is not agreed upon--much like terminology related to grief. Concisely, best practices, a term borrowed from the business world, suggests that there is a particular technique, approach, or method that when used with a particular target is more effective (reaches its goals) and efficient (uses fewer resources) than other techniques, approaches, or methods.