Suffering the death loss of a person reminds us of our mortality and can make our daily pursuits daunting. But, when life seems darkest, that’s when a light of hope on the horizon becomes most visible. Let’s explore what hope is, what it isn’t, and how it factors into grieving your person’s death loss.
What Is Hope?
Psychologists define hope as an expectation of a positive experience or belief that a negative experience will not occur. The definition also encompasses the expectation of a negative experience leading to a positive outcome. Psychologists treat hope as:
A character trait
A coping mechanism