The Family: Second Life for War Widows


The grief reaction to sudden death runs a predictable if painful course. After the loss, surviving family members may suffer from such psychosomatic complaints as gastrointestinal or respiratory problems. They are also likely to pass through a series of other disorders, from visions of the dead person to guilt feelings to hostility toward life itself. Psychologists who have studied grief recognize the importance of community support for bereaved persons. Sadly enough, even well-meaning family and friends are often unable to provide it—partly because of their own embarrassment over the subject of death.

The problem is posed by the...

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