How to Stay Mentally Strong When You’re Working Through Grief

coping with grief

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 80

Everyone experiences grief. Yet, we rarely talk about our experiences. Most of us are uncomfortable talking about death. Doing so reminds us that we’re all mere mortals.

We also don’t know what to say to someone who is grieving. So sometimes, we avoid saying anything at all because we don’t want to risk saying the “wrong” thing. Or, we try to cheer someone up in the middle of their grief because we think they should feel better.

But, grief is the process by which we heal. And staying strong through grief isn’t about not crying or not feeling sad. It’s about allowing yourself to work through uncomfortable emotions so you can heal.

So on today’s Friday Fix, I clear up some of the biggest misconceptions about grief. I also share how to stay mentally strong when you’re working through grief.  

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.