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Loss takes a toll

Experts research ways unresolved grief can be a hidden health risk

3:52 PM, Jun. 13, 2013
Judith R. Burdick, 52, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., hugs Albert Goldstein, 86, of Commerce Township, Mich., during her bereavement course at the Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills. Finding support to deal with grief can be the key to a person's recovery and acceptance of the loss, the American Cancer Society says.
Judith R. Burdick, 52, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., hugs Albert Goldstein, 86, of Commerce Township, Mich., during her bereavement course at the Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills. Finding support to deal with grief can be the key to a person's recovery and acceptance of the loss, the American Cancer Society says.
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Whether you lose a loved one to disease, war or a natural disaster like the tornado that tore apart Moore, Okla., last month, grief is the unwanted visitor that comes knocking at your door.

How we wrestle with grief - and ultimately push ahead to a new life - varies among individuals. But many of us who need help to bounce back are not getting it, health experts warn, jeopardizing our mental and physical health.

Toni Miles, director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia, is embarking on a research project to find out how loss impacts health and what to do about it. ...

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