Grief Tourist Defined

 A friend or family member who suddenly starts coming around when there’s a difficult event in your life. However, they are really only there to give the appearance of caring about you so they can feel good about themselves. But if shit gets really tough or unbearably sad the Grief Tourist will move on and leave you behind for their next feel-good destination.

“Grief tourist” is a term I’ve heard used many times in the cancer and grief communities that I’m now, unfortunately, a part of. And I have witnessed grief tourism personally. Sadly, it’s a far too common occurrence.

I created this graphic a while back, but was reluctant to share it because I didn’t want anything to take away from my hereditary cancer advocacy work. But damn, I even see it in my cancer advocacy work, so I decided to call it out.

Encountered any grief tourists in one your difficult journeys in life? Share the graphic.

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