Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
I recently read this enlightening book and found it very helpful in dealing with grief and mourning. Author and essayist, Joan Didion, found herself a widow when in December of 2003 her husband of forty years died suddenly of a heart attack. She wrote this book as a way of documenting her thoughts and feelings about her loss and her grief.
It's more than just a personal story, though, as she refers to outside sources that can help one deal with this emotion. One thing Didion points out is that in today's society death is very clinical and often occurs in a hospital, whereas is decades past death often occurred at home, was more commonplace in the culture, and people had better coping mechanisms.
So, what do you think? I've created a short poll with some basic questions, but please feel free to leave comments. Any and all opinions/comments are welcome and as always, feel free to respond anonymously.
How do you feel about showing grief?
Do you think society today inhibits the grief process?
Do you think funerals help with the grieving process?
If you have experienced the death of someone close to you, what helped you in the grieving process?
What words/actions do you give when trying to comfort someone who is grieving?