What is Grief?
Grief is a natural process of working through a loss. Losses are a part of life. The loss, however, can take many forms: the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, the divorce of parents, or even the loss of a dream. Dealing with a significant loss will be difficult, but grief is healthy and natural, a path to a healing.
Types of Loss
Some types of loss most commonly associated with grief include:
Some less obvious losses can also cause feelings of grief include:
Common Reactions to Loss
It is important to remember that how one responds to loss and the length of that response differs from person to person. There is also not a set sequence in which one responds to loss. Some common reactions are:
Coping with Grief
Healthy coping skills are important in resolving a loss and help us move forward in the healing process. While each person is unique and what is helpful to one might not be helpful to another, this list may give you some ideas about ways to try to manage your feelings of grief:
Be patient with yourself and allow yourself to feel grief. It’s important to note that some ways of coping are helpful and healing, such as journaling and talking with others. There are other ways of coping that are destructive to the healing process, such as substance abuse and isolating yourself.