Understanding Grief

Posted: April 29th, 2014 | Category: Grief

What is grief? 

The death of someone close to us is a great loss and “grief” describes all the emotions we feel after this significant loss. The grief experience is a natural response, which may take many forms. In many cases the emotions we feel may be unfamiliar or overwhelming. We may feel isolated and think that no one could possibly understand what we are experiencing. It can at times seem as though we are on an emotional roller coaster. This is all normal part of grief.



What are the experiences of grief?

The experiences of grief are many and varied. They may include shock, numbness, sadness, despair, loneliness and confusion. Symptoms of depression or anxiety (e.g. poor sleep, lowered appetite, low mood, hopelessness, fear) may also be present. You may also feel anger, guilt, regret or relief.

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