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Widows and Widowers (3/20/00)

Harlan McKosato

Document Type Article


Widows and widowers, in the throes of sorrow, confused about the present and worried about their future, may feel alone. They have family and friends who offer advice about how they should or shouldn't act. Doctors place grieving on a time scale and those who grieve too little or too long are made to feel abnormal. Many psychiatrists view widowhood as a disease, requiring therapy and medication…and society judges them as "successful" when they finally snap back to their "old self" again. What is it really like to lose your wife or husband to death and what are some healthy ways we can deal with such loss? Join Pam Belgarde and her guests on the next "Wellness Edition" of Native America Calling.