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Acceptance indicates grief

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Disbelief is not the initial dominant indicator of grief among bereaved individuals, according to US researchers.

Disbelief is not the initial dominant indicator of grief among bereaved individuals, according to US researchers.

The three-year studyamong 233 bereaved individuals showed acceptance was the most common immediate reaction to bereavement.

This runs contrary to medical theory, which suggests that disbelief is the most common first indicator of grief.

Yearning peaked at four months following bereavement, followed by anger at five months, then depression at six months.

Journal of the American Medical Association (2007) 297: 716-723

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