Monmouth County's Ask the Doctor September-October 2021

What is Disenfranchised Grief? By, Surabhi Ashok Imagine you lose your house in a fire. All your pos- sessions, your clothes in your closet, your bulletin board covered in pictures, your memories, are gone. However, you push away your sadness and tell yourself that you should be glad that at least your whole family is safe, that other people lose more than objects in fires this big. This is an example of disenfranchised grief, which is any hidden sorrow that is undermined by society. This type of grief is hard to heal because people often fail to acknowledge the extent of it. Just know, your grief is al- ways valid. Disenfranchised grief often occurs due to unrecog- nized relationships, “less significant” loss that does not necessarily deal with death, stigmatized loss, exclusion from mourning, and grief that looks different than what society expects. Private or unrecognized relationships may cause dis- enfranchised grief because not only would it be hard to express heartache but also outside people may fail to understand why one would mourn a supposed strang- er. For instance, people who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community might experience this feeling if they aren’t out and they lost a partner.

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