Grief and Loss

Grief and Loss

Grief and loss are a part of life for all of us. Loss is not only related to the loss of a loved one but can also be related to moving, divorce, loss of a job or career, chronic illness or injury, aging and life transitions, or the loss of a dream, etc. Grieving is a natural process that is painful yet healthy.

The nature of grief is that it is a very individual process for all of us and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. How we experience death or loss is impacted by several factors such as our personality, our own stage of life, our spiritual beliefs, our support system, and our previous experiences with loss. How we feel about death is also determined by the exact nature of our relationship with the deceased, the nature of how the person died (accident, ongoing illness, suicide), the timing of death (anticipated or sudden), and the age of the deceased, etc. We all grieve differently and couples experiencing grief often struggle because their spouse’s grief looks very different from their own. Children’s grief is often even more foreign to us as adults because children can grieve one minute and play the next.

Our expectations about grief often don’t match up with the realities of grief, not only for those we love but also for ourselves. If you are grieving, know that you are not crazy. You may feel crazy when you struggle to accept the truth, when you think that you see the deceased person, or when you hear their voice. Those are just a few common experiences of grief. There are many others but know that you are not crazy and you are not alone.

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