2. Impact of psychosis on families


Grieving the losses associated with psychosis

Grieving because of a relative’s mental health problems is difficult for many reasons.

    You may not experience closure because the problem is ongoing.
    You may keep your grief private, feeling unable to share the experience with others because of possible shame and stigma (i.e., a strong feeling of disapproval from society in general).
    You often must carry on with your own, and sometimes your relative’s, responsibilities, and so have little time to reflect and grieve.
    Society is slow to recognize and validate these losses and has no common rituals that you can use to cope with your grief.

Remember that feeling grief and worry about the future is natural. When a relative experiences psychosis, it is normal to have concerns about what will happen in the future.

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