The Need for Coping
Coping is the mental and emotional process by which a mourner resolves the disruption caused by the death of a loved one. According to board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Jorge Casariego, “Psychologically, it is imperative that a mourner experiences a gradual, normative process of disengagement from the image of the deceased that would additionally help avoid pathological mourning.” He explains pathological mourning as a delayed mourning process that can eventually become chronic and emotionally disturbing. If mourning becomes chronic and problematic, it can lead to cause serious depression. After more than 40 years practicing psychiatry, Dr. Casariego has learned firsthand that it takes many individuals about a year for the completion of a normal mourning process, a fact that overlaps with the Jewish tradition of Yahrzeit.