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What are some positive outcomes of grief?

G R. Smith, MD
Psychiatry
Some positive outcomes of grief can include making healthy lifestyle changes, letting go of frivolous things, and creating new relationships. In this video, psychiatrist G. Richard Smith, MD, explains some of the more optimistic aspects of grieving. 
The legacy of grief is individual, multifaceted, and varied. In the midst of loss, many people find opportunities for growth. In many cases, people emerge from the depths of their grief with greater confidence in their ability to manage life's sorrows and difficulties. People often redefine themselves in terms of their position in the family or their role in the world. A death of a spouse may require the remaining spouse to become more independent and assertive, while the death of a parent may spur an adult child to assume a leadership role in the family. For some, the experience leaves them more understanding of and empathetic to other people's hardships. Losing someone close may also deepen or renew spirituality and can leave individuals with a greater appreciation of family, friends, and the pleasures of life.

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