By Tehreem Khan
The holiday season is often portrayed as idyllic, cheerful and full of warmth. But for some, this season can be a time of sadness and grief, which may be caused by a loss of a loved one, loss of identity, loss of dreams or loss of relationships, according to Shannon McCarthy, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education.
Grief: More than an emotion
There are many different definitions of grief, mostly presenting it as an emotion. McCarthy, however, subscribes to the definition of grief as more than an emotion — she sees it as a process consisting of different emotions and experiences. Grief is individualized, meaning that its experience varies across people.
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