For Those in Grief, Talking to a Dead Loved One Is Good for Mental Health
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If you’ve ever found yourself having a conversation with someone you love who has passed away, don’t worry. If you’ve ever wondered whether this is an unhealthy coping mechanism, experts argue it is a completely valid and healthy way to cope with loss.

“Speaking out loud to a loved one who has passed — whether at a grave site or out loud at home — is helpful for many people processing grief,” Dr. Alison Forti, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University, told Teen Vogue. “I will sometimes encourage my clients to speak to an empty chair in an effort to help them cope with grief. Many people will experience a sense of disbelief after they lose a loved one. By encouraging people to speak out loud to their loved one it helps them resolve that disbelief.”

It’s also normal to see, hear, and/or sense the presence of a deceased loved one as well. According to the Conversation, sensing someone’s presence even though they have died is totally normal. Oftentimes, this presence can be comforting. If that’s something you’ve experienced, it’s OK, and it’s even a good thing.

Read more on Teen Vogue.

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