Can grief be a mental illness? With new diagnostic changes, maybe

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(RNS) In a move that could add to the tension between religion and science, the American Psychiatric Association changed a controversial diagnosis regarding how grief relates to mental health, rekindling a debate about whether spirituality or medicine offers the best pathway out of bereavement.

  • Judy Saint

    The religious are afraid that offering more help will remove their role? I don’t see the logic of that. Grieving people have more avenues for help, not fewer. Also, notice a telltale bit of reality: The religious claim people are helped by leaning to their faith, yet the end of the article reveals the actual truth behind this claim when it says, ““Nothing can comfort someone about the great mysteries of life like a relationship with another human being — sitting with someone, crying with someone.” Religion tends to take the credit for what is really human action. It’s always humans, never god.