Scientists Say Mourning Rituals Help People Cope With Grief

Sept. 29, 2022
2 Women Crying & Grieving at Outdoor Daytime Memorial with Flowers

Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona and the author of The Grieving Brain, assents that traditions are important.

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"Mourning rituals can offer constancy and comfort in a moment when everything can feel very uncertain,” she said. “By connecting us to rituals that have existed for hundreds of years, we are reminded that those who came before us have experienced grief and uncertainty, and they have carried on and restored meaningful lives.”

Read more on what makes these rituals so beneficial in the full article from the Guardian.

Updated: 09/29/22