Grief was introduced around the 1970’s when multiple people were interested in the field of grieving. Many were interested in setting up healing centers, counseling, and hosting support groups (Konigsberg, p. 4-5). “These counselors introduced their own theories, turning anecdotal descriptions into treatment plans and modifying K?bler-Ross’s stages into a series of phases, tasks, or needs that required active participation, as well as outside professional help. In this increasingly complex emotional landscape, grief became a “process” or a “journey” to be completed, as well as an opportunity for growth” (Konigsberg, p. 5). As the systems grew over the years, it became more developed and structured into modern grief counseling that we are aware of today (Konigsberg, p. 5).
Konigsberg had said, “I have lost people dear to me in my own life, this book did not grow out of personal experience but rather a journalistic desire to understand how we arrived at certain norms that don’t seem to be serving us particularly well” (The Truth About Grief, p. 16). By Konigsberg saying this, she is clarifying that she did not see it as something that would help her get over the loss of a loved one, but more to show people a different version of grief for people who are currently experiencing it or have gone through it (Konigsberg, p. 16).
Throughout the Introduction of The Truth About Grief, Konigsberg uses some examples in the text about research that had been done over the years. She had mentioned the British Doctor, Cecily Saunders, who founded the St. Christopher’s center devoted to the dying, which was located in London in 1967 (Konigsberg, p. 4). Along with that, she had also noted information on the Institute of Medicine in 1984, which reported that there was not enough evidence to be able to measure grief (Konigsberg, p. 5). The research that Konigsberg put into her book is about the creations of centers related to grief, studies on grieving, interviews with people that knew K?bler-Ross, and events that correlate with grief. These are all important factors that were able to support her argument on her stance of grief.