Feeling blue

When dealing with a miscarriage, men often hide their grief

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After Mark Zuckerberg wrote an emotional Facebook post about the grief he experienced after his wife suffered three miscarriages, the topic has continued to receive attention. Sharon Covington, director of psychological support services at Shady Grove Fertility Center in Washington, D.C. told TIME, “Women usually get the attention. It’s often a medical crisis … women are more likely to show their emotions.” Several studies, however, show that men do in fact grieve over the emotional loss of a miscarriage, though they grieve differently. Irving Leon, a psychologist who specializes in reproductive loss as well as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Michigan said, “Men don’t grieve in that they don’t feel the failure of their body … Men aren’t as oriented to express the loss. They’re afraid if they show hurt or sadness, it will bring the wife down.”

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