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Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions

Part of the series Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research pp 516-543

Grief

  • Kathy GharmazAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, Sonoma State University
  • , Melinda J. MilliganAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, Sonoma State University

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Abstract

In Western societies, most people define grief as the emotion elicited by involuntary loss. Loss gives rise to grief and the varied emotions included in grief. We associate grief with death of a person with whom the individual has intimate ties; however, people may grieve over other kinds of losses and, in some situations and societies, death of a close friend or family member does not always elicit grief.