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How to get through mourning

Social workers from the Xinhua Hospital have written a book offering mental health guidance for people whose loved ones have died.

The book’s first section was released on the WeChat account of the China Social Worker Education Association and Xinhua Hospital on Saturday, the day of Qingming Festival and a time for Chinese to pay respect to deceased relatives.

“We wrote the book to offer support and guidance for people to deal with the first 49 days after their loved ones passes away,” said Sun Ying, one of the writers who has nearly 20 years experience in hospice care.

In China, the traditional mourning period is seven weeks after death.

“The first period is the most painful and anxious time for people, who can experience anger, depression, sorrow, denial, guilt and loneliness,” Sun said.

“Sadness is a continuation of love. We can’t fix people’s pain, but we can use our knowledge to help them. The book also is useful for professionals like social workers and psychologists.”

It is only in Chinese.


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