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Episode Info: Have you ever experienced mourning that you couldn’t discuss? Have you ever had someone close to you die, but found that their death wasn’t acknowledged by those around you? Disenfranchised grief is not just about losing someone, as Valerie explains in this episode. Sometimes when you confide in another about your grief, they interject with a personal tale that seems to be an attempt to one-up your experience. Have you ever had this happen? If you want to know more about disenfranchised grief, then listen to this episode of Forever in their Hearts, where host Erik Reynolds talks with Valerie Martell, Director of Operations for Martin Brothers Funeral Services who defines the term and offers suggestions for coping with it. Disenfranchised grief is just as important as any other type of grief. This episode is your chance to learn more about this type of grief and how to deal with it if you experience it. What Is Disenfranchised Grief? The episode begins with Valerie defining the phrase “disenfranchised grief”. Valerie explains what it is in plain terms and offers an example to help you understand how this type of grief differs from traditional forms of mourning over a loved one lost. Disenfranchised grief is perfectly normal and happens quite frequently. Based on Valerie’s definition, have you ever experienced this type of grief? Is It Okay to Grieve for Someone Who Isn’t in My Life Anymore? Next Valerie discusses grieving people who aren’t a part of our daily lives. She also provides the answers to questions such as: Is it okay to grieve an ex-spouse who isn’t in my life anymore? What are some benefits of grieving someone who isn’t in my life? Is there ever a time when it’s wrong to grieve the loss of someone?
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