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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

(p.59) 9 Deciding to Live
The Weeping Willow

Lynne Dale Halamish

Doron Hermoni

Oxford University Press

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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