1. Grief is usually regarded as a poignant emotion, but it is much more. It is a physically destruction condition that affects the body like an illness; and in addition, it is socially disruptive in countless ways. Grief should be considered as a medical disease, and treatment should be provided for it. The usual prescription of tranquillizers, sleeping pills and words of comfort are not medically specific. Victims of grief, like victims of crime, should be viewed as a responsibility of the whole or local society in which they exist. Appropriate medical, social and, perhaps, economic remedies need to be developed.
2. Grief is related to desire. Whether the desire is large or small, if it is not met, you will probably have grief. Most of us have a desire that our systems remain stable and when that desire is thwarted we have a bit of loss and grief. You can think of all of the thwarted desires that arise when someone we love dies. We want that person to be with us still, we desire their presence, companionship, or blessing, we long for the connection we once had, or possibly desire to say one las t thing. We are assaulted and many times overwhelmed by waves of desires that will never be met.