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The Weeping WillowEncounters with Grief$
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Lynne Dale Halamish and Doron Hermoni

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.001.0001

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Deciding to Live

Deciding to Live

Important Decisions Need Conscious Thought

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(p.59) 9 Deciding to Live
Source:
The Weeping Willow
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Lynne Dale Halamish

Doron Hermoni

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.003.0009

This chapter discusses the importance of conscious thought in making important decisions in relation to the death of the relative, describing the case of 28-year Michael, who suddenly died of a heart attack and whose mother was hospitalized just hours after his death. The chapter explains that following trauma it is frequently necessary for the traumatized individual to make a clear decision to live, and suggests that when the traumatized person's eyes travel, do not speak; but when the eyes return, wait for four to five seconds before speaking.

Keywords:   death, decision making, heart attack, mother, trauma

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