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Tasks of the Mourning Process

Tasks of the Mourning Process

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Sometimes in your grief you want to be doing something instead of waiting until you feel better. William J. Worden shares about the tasks involved in the mourning process. When you are focused on a task, it seems to help deal with the present situation and cope with the changes in your life.

Worden describes the mourning process in terms of four tasks:
Task 1 - To accept the reality of loss.
Task 2 - To work through the pain of grief.
Task 3 - To adjust to an environment in which the deceased is missing.
Task 4 - To emotionally relocate the deceased and move on with life.

There is no time frame on the mourning process. You continue to work through the tasks until you are finished. The tasks assist you in completing any unfinished business and to say good-bye to your loved one as known on earth, but to continue to treasure the memories and legacy.

As you work through the tasks, you first talk about the actual loss and identify your experiences and feelings. You begin to see what life is like without your loved one physically in your daily life. As you work through the tasks, you take the necessary time to grieve, going through your emotions and feelings, remembering everyone grieves differently. You examine your own coping skills and develop these skills in dealing with everyday events of life.

Resource – William Worden, Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy. Springer Publishing Company, 2002.

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