The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

What does 'Unresolved Grief' mean?

Find out what Unresolved Grief means. Unresolved Grief is explained by Tina L. Quick - author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

Unresolved Grief

grief that has not been allowed to run its course. TCKs experience a lot of loss in their lifetimes. In fact, David Pollock wrote, “For most TCKs the collection of significant losses and separations before the end of adolescence is often more than most people experience in a lifetime.”

TCK losses are both tangible and intangible. The tangible losses are numerous and easily recognized – houses, friends, pets, possessions, places, food, languages and schools to name a few. The hidden losses are more obscure. With one plane ride, everything is lost – an entire world, a lifestyle, having status and a reputation, sights, sounds, smells, events and celebrations, a history and so much more.

As humans, we need to grieve our losses. We can get stuck emotionally until we recognize our loss and grieve for it. Grief validates all the good in our lives. Unfortunately, TCKs have little or no time to grieve. With today’s speed of travel, within a day or two they are expected to hit the ground running in their new country of assignment. Sometimes we, as parents don’t give our children permission to grieve or we don’t comfort them in their grief. We encourage them instead.

When grief isn’t dealt with and allowed to come to closure, it is unresolved, pushed down and repressed. It can come out later in life as dysfunctional expressions of grief such as anger, rebellion or depression.

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"... other decide to break up, then you must decide when to do so and how to do it amicably. (More on romance in Chapter 6.) - Unresolved Grief – Leave and Grieve Well - If sorting out their personal identity is the greatest challenge TCKs face (see Chapter One), the second is unresolved ..."
"...Griefrting out their personal identity is the greatest challenge TCKs face (see Chapter One), the second is unresolved Grief, although most of the time, they may not even realize it. The high mobility lifestyle of a TCK brings with it a lot of loss. I give you a Dave Pollock ..."
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"... loss – the past that never was. - Grieve Well - We, as humans, need to grieve our losses. We can get stuck emotionally until we recognize our loss and grieve for it. Grief validates all the good in our lives. Grieving well means ▪ recognizing and naming the loss, ▪ mourning the ..."
"...Grieftunately TCKs have little or no time to grieve. Today’s travel is usually done by airplanes rather than boats as in days past. So, a few hours to a day at most is all the time they have to name their losses and deal with their Grief before they land ..."
"...Griefut realizing it, parents often do not allow themselves or their children to grieve. They tend to focus on the cognitive reasons for the move, rather than on the emotions created by the move. They can be so anxious for their children to settle in that instead of comforting them ..."
"...Griefuld be that parents often focus almost exclusively on the cognitive because it is too painful for them to work through their own feelings of loss. If parents recognize loss in their own world, they acknowledge the associated Grief. If they comfort their children they are saying that they accept ..."
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"... grief. Since they don’t want their children to be sad about leaving, they deny their own grief for the good of the whole family. - Delayed Grief - Grieving openly is good grief, but when grief is pushed under the carpet or placed somewhere else in our minds to come back to later and ..."
"...Griefing openly is good Grief, but when Grief is pushed under the carpet or placed somewhere else in our minds to come back to later and coming back to it never happens, we have unresolved GriefGrief that has not been dealt with. Unresolved Grief can emerge later in ..."
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"... depression, isolation and even physical ailments. Such is the story of Brice, a typical TCK. Marie, our TCK who spent a semester abroad sums up good Grief in this journal entry: - No Funerals - Life is filled with loss and resulting grief. It can be as serious as a loss of ..."
"...Griefis filled with loss and resulting Grief. It can be as serious as a loss of health, loss of a job, a death or a divorce. Or it could be disappointments like not getting the role you wanted in the school play or not getting accepted at the college of ..."
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"... grief that is felt. To compound the Grief even further, from the perspective of the non-international, there is seemingly no logical reason to grieve. To them you have been fortunate to have had this incredible opportunity. What do you have to be so negative about? - Confronting Grief - ..."
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"... reason to grieve. To them you have been fortunate to have had this incredible opportunity. What do you have to be so negative about? - Confronting Grief - Give yourself permission to grieve. Spend some time with the losses and disappointments you are facing. Put a name on what they are, ..."
"...Griefu feel you are stuck in your Grief, seek professional help from a counselor who understands TCKs. There are those times when a TCK/ATCK cannot figure out exactly what their losses are because they have been repeatedly told they should not be so negative. The Grief is then so suppressed ..."
"...Grief through and strapping each of the four logs together to form a RAFT (reconciliation, affirmation, farewells, and think destination) will ensure that you not only leave well, but that your transition journey will be a psychologically healthy one that will help you enter well on the other side. Allowing ..."

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Chapter 4: Fish Out of Water
"...Griefdo you do when homesickness hits? Homesickness is tough to avoid – not just for international students but all students. Many domestic students are also far away from home, maybe for the first time. Homesickness is an expression of Grief. You are grieving over your losses. Domestic students share many ..."
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"... is an absolutely exhausting time. You need to take care of yourself so you don’t become sick and get behind in your classes. - Depression versus Grief - If someone happens to get stuck (freezes) in the crisis stage of transition shock, she or he becomes paralyzed in the sense that ..."
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"... depression and you need to seek professional help. Your school’s student health center will be able to help you find the care you need. - Grief - We all experience various losses throughout our lifetimes and the subsequent grief that comes with each one. It is a part of life and is ..."
"...Griefl experience various losses throughout our lifetimes and the subsequent Grief that comes with each one. It is a part of life and is difficult to avoid, especially for the TCK. As mentioned in Chapter 3, loss is a common theme for TCKs. If you can identify and put ..."
"...Griefing takes time and needs expression. It certainly helps to have someone who will listen to those expressions of Grief. Call on a parent or other family member, a mentor, pastor or trusted friend. College campuses are well-equipped at providing student health counselors and other professionals who are well-versed in ..."
"...Griefssion, on the other hand, is bigger than Grief. Self-worth takes a nosedive and with it comes an amplification of negative feeling…about everything. Going to a comedy with friends won’t distract you from the deep sadness you’ll feel if you are depressed. There is a loss of joy in the ..."

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"...▪ The mind unpacking continues and, as it does, Grief gets recycled and revisited. Grief processing is a continuous exercise that can be cyclic. Something reminds you of home – a smell, a sound, a song – and you are momentarily swept back in time to a place that has now become idealized or romanticized because it was so much better than this place. ..."
"...Grief not at all uncommon in the Transition and Entering stages to have really good days interspersed with down days, blue days with happy days, wildly exciting days with it-couldn’t-get-any-worse days. The Grief versus depression we discussed in Chapter 4 is still an issue that hangs around in the Entering ..."

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"...GriefTCKs realize they are different they naturally go into a period of Exploration to try to understand why. They get their hands on books like Pollock and Van Reken’s, surf the internet, and find people to consult with to find answers. Brice immediately went into the Exploration phase to find ..."

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"... each week for work and socializing. It is up to you to decide how you will divide it out. Learning time management and self-discipline now will save you Grief and sorrow later. Stay ahead of the game. ▪ Keep a detailed calendar with all course assignment due dates and test dates marked. ..."

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"...Grief nest syndrome refers to the feelings of Grief, sadness, loneliness, or loss parents or guardians, particularly women, experience when their children leave home. It is normal and expected, and as was my case, it can actually begin before the child or children have physically left the home. However, if ..."
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"... to college or university can also help clear up any misconceptions and assumptions they may have developed about university life. - Facing Loss and Grief - If both you and your child have read through the entirety of this book, it is a great tool and common ground from which to start ..."
"...Griefth you and your child have read through the entirety of this book, it is a great tool and common ground from which to start some pertinent discussions about the upcoming transition. This time is also the opportunity to talk about the loss and Grief associated with the upcoming transition ..."
"...GriefI give my “Transitioning Successfully for University” seminar in international schools I always spend an evening with parents reviewing some of the same material and presenting some things just for their ears as I am doing here. I always make a point to go over with them the difference between ..."
"...Griefve talked a lot about Grief in the hope that TCKs will learn to address their losses, allow themselves to deal with them and come to closure so they do not have to deal with issues of unresolved Grief like our friend Brice’s story. Anger is an expression of unresolved ..."

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"...Griefose days, people like me didn’t know we were global nomads or third culture kids; those terms hadn’t yet been popularized and disseminated. The idea of re-entry shock was nowhere on our horizon, and even the idea of culture shock wasn’t much discussed in the expatriate world. No one at ..."

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