Describe the concept of Disenfranchised Grief. Review the following three examples and explain why grief may be disenfranchised. How does the situation affect the survivor's ability to cope with the loss?

Example #1: Your ex-spouse suddenly dies of a heart attack.

Example #2: Your spouse dies with Alzheimer's Disease.

Example #3: You are a 12 year old with Downs Syndrome when your grandfather dies.

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Disfranchised Grief
According to Doka (1989), disfranchised grief is a psychology terminology used to refer to the grief that is not socially recognized. As such, the grieving individual suffers from social disorientations, as the people surrounding the individual do not understand the intensity of the...
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