Faith/Spirituality Forum: Morbid Facination

Morbid Facination QUESTION from Aaron Lim July 26, 2001
I wish to ask for your help and advice upon my problem. I was brought up in a porper Catholic family and I do not have pass histories of relationship problems with any of my family members.
But, I have always had this morbid facination of death. I sometimes have myself thinking of death, the funeral processions and the grief and mourning apart in it. I sometimes even get myself teared up about it (sometimes this situation happens when I'm sad or frustrated. This got on to thinking about death of family members and sometimes it intensifies when actually a someone I know does passes away.
This has got me worried. I feel it is morbid and I want to stop it. Could you advice me on this problem? I know death is a natural process and it is sometimes OK to think about it, but this is wrong when it has gone overboard. Please advice.
Thank you.
+ Peace be with you +
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on July 31, 2001 Dear Mr. Lim:
There is not much advice I can offer given the limited information. I would suggest you first talk with a Catholic Counselor. There should be a Catholic Charities in your diocese that offers counseling on a sliding scale. What you are experiencing is most likely a manifestation of some psychological issue or anxiety.
But it never hurts to pray. In our Spiritual Warfare Prayerbook, (currently under revision), there is a prayer about controling thoughts. You might try that and see if it helps.
If that simple spiritual warfare prayer and counseling do not help, then we might need to take another approach.
We will be praying for you.
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