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The Interpersonal and Social Dimensions of Emotion Regulation in Grief

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Title of host publicationGrief Experience
DatePublished - 29 Dec 2021
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationLondon
EditorsAllan Køster, Este Holte Kofod
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)9780367568115

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This chapter addresses the nature and role of emotion regulation in grief. Human emotion regulation often involves processes that are interpersonal and social in structure. Given this, the death of a particular person can deprive us of regulatory resources that we would otherwise draw upon in responding to upheaval. A distinctive sense of disorientation and uncertainty therefore arises. The course of grief then depends, to a substantial degree, on how one’s emotions, thoughts, and activities continue to be shaped by relations with other people, as well as by wider social and cultural environments. To illustrate these points, we conclude by reflecting on how social restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected people’s experiences of grief.

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