Grief is a primary feeling which trauma survivors try to avoid. The
grief stage comes late in the healing process because survivors set up
defenses against the deep pain experienced during grieving. The
content presented by survivors during the early stages of recovery
focuses on the bad things that happened during the trauma.
The content of the grief stage focuses on the good things that should have happened during their childhood, but didn’t. As survivors mourn the childhood that wasn’t, the extreme behaviors and defenses become quiet, and the benefits of recovery work begin to emerge externally as well as internally.
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