Denial is part of the process of grief. Therefore, it should not alarm concerned loved ones when a bereaved starts exhibiting this symptom. However, according to an article from Grief Healing, denial and disbelief can become a problem when “it is used deliberately to avoid the reality of death or to escape the emotions resulting from a loss”.
- Understand that denial serves a normal function.
- Make it your goal to acknowledge the truth.
- Denial only becomes an issue if it interferes with your ability to function normally.