I n autumn, hearts become heavy. For many people who have lost someone close to them, grief reawakens during the dark season of the year. This can be healing for the soul, but it does not have to be. Because mourners often fail because of false expectations. They also often get advice from friends and acquaintances that is not very helpful. "You have to allow the pain," he said, or "Now it’s about time to get back to life."
Grief as an important human emotion is not very well researched. The image of this emotion is still based in part on assumptions made by Sigmund Freud some 100 years ago. Scientists are now trying to learn more about grief. They have already been able to show how common pathological grief is and what happens in the brains of those affected by it.