A person who suffers from disenfranchised grief believes that their grief is unacceptable and wrong and they are not allowed to grieve. They also experience a lot of shame in talking about the grief and fear judgment from others. This makes the grief prolonged and long lasting. People at times experience an unbearable amount of emotional pain as they are grieving secretly.
A number of sufferers of Disenfranchised Grief complain about people minimising on their grief. This is one of those not well explored grief but unfortunately a lot of people suffer in the darkness.
Some examples of disenfranchised grief include but not limited to;
- Loss/death of a pet animal
- Loss/ death of a secret relationship
- Diagnosis of certain medical conditions (e.g. AIDS)
- Death of a co-worker/ associate
- Death due to child abuse (perpetrator grief)
- Grief following abortion
- Grief following adoption
- Death of a helping professional
- Loss of health and disability
- Loss of certain possessions
- Imprisonment following a crime
Whatever the grief is, there is always a hope. There is no need to suffer in the silence any more.
Insight clinic can help with grief that is disenfranchised. All the sessions at insight clinic are bulk billed. If you don’t feel comfortable, you don’t have to discuss with your GP about your disenfranchised grief to be eligible for a care plan. Just say to GP that you are not at your normal self and you need to speak to a mental health professional.