Can you imagine a woman who experienced the death of her husband later describing herself as a "merry widow"? I suppose it's possible if the married man in question was a tyrannical ogre with no redeeming qualities and serious flatulence issues. I mean, who wouldn't rejoice?
But the women in question -- a dozen widows in the Lubbock, Texas, area who participated in a 2004 study concerning the effectiveness of their widow-to-widow grief support group as part of a Texas Tech University student's dissertation -- led perfectly normal lives and happy marriages, from what I can tell.
Thus, this is further evidence that grief support and recovery groups can prove helpful for anyone mourning the loss of a loved one who seeks/finds comfort in sharing the pain, anger, depression and other emotions associated with death with others.
Have you or someone you know participated in a grief support group? Was this experience helpful? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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