Grey’s Anatomy Faces Grief

I don’t know if you watched the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy last Thursday, if not I’m sure you can watch the replay online.

It was a wonderful episode on how individual the grieving process is for everyone.  Many of the characters went through disbelief, denial, anger and even laughter.  I don’t think the episode ended in acceptance because that takes time and my hope is that the series writers will continue to shine a light on the grief journey the characters will continue to experience and how their lives will be changed.

As you and I well know, this journey takes time and the experience isn’t the same for any of us.  Our grief  is different depending on the relationship we shared with the person who passed as well as other factors.  I bring up this episode because I am thrilled that grief was talked about so openly, and I hope it will encourage both the mourners and the supports to speak openly about death and the grieving process rather than sweep it under a carpet as our society is so quick to do.

Unfortunately our society in general wants us to buck up and get over it!   Isn’t it ironic that we give 6 to 8 weeks paid family leave following the birth of a child but in the case of a close family members death,  our employers might give us a couple of days off for a funeral , and  family leave often  leaves grievers out in the cold to deal with their grief on their own time.

If any of you watched the episode, would love to read your coments on how they handled the topic of grief.

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3 Responses to Grey’s Anatomy Faces Grief

  • Joyce,
    thank you for your comments, glad you liked the episode and that you could relate.

    JoAnne Funch

  • Joanne,
    I watched this episode of Grey’s Anatomy and thought it was one of the best. I shared their laughter at the funeral service and also felt sad that George had died. I thought they did a wonderful job at showing the different forms of grief.
    This continues to be one of the best shows on T.V.
    Grief is such a difficult and painful journey for all of us.

  • Hi JoAnne, I loved this – right on the money. I’m encouraged that mainstream T.V. introduced this topic (although I have not seen the show, and am ashamed to admit, never saw an episode). My wish is to see a day that people are as comfortable with the topic of grief, death and dying, as they are birth and other life events or issues. I believe the “variables in grief” are the best way for people to understand why we all grieve so differently and individually. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I always look forward to your posts. Di

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