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Psychology: is the loss of a significant other through cancer kind of the same feeling as a loss through divorce?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Can be kind of: Losses of important things can have a lot in common. People have widely ranging emotional complexity. The less variable may only know Happy, Sad, Angry, Bored, Excited, Afraid. At the other end the list can be too long to fit here. They will probably feel very differently to those situations. But a simple person might have kind of the same reaction. It depends on so many other things too. My best!

Answered 4/5/2020

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Dr. Andrew Berry answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Both: The only way to answer that question is to ask you if you have experienced both. If you have, then only you can answer that question. My take on it is, loss is a loss. Both can be devastating.

Answered 3/12/2020

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Dr. Barbara Lavi answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Many of the feelings: of loss and grief work are similar. Death, however, has some different aspects. The impact of divorce will B different based on whether U initiated the divorce or Ur partner did. For the initiator, there may be more relief and less mourning the loss. The person that U R losing is also still alive and U may have 2 continue seeing them, if there are children. When a loved one dies the loss is final

Answered 5/1/2016

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