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Grief and Loss

August 19, 2019

Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming, and you may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from anger or shock, to disbelief, guilt, and deep sadness. The pain of grief can also disrupt your daily life, making it difficult to eat, sleep, or even think straight. These are all normal reactions to loss - and the more significant the loss, the more intense your grief may be. 

Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. You may associate grieving with the death of a loved one, which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief, but any loss can cause grief, including:

 

Relationship breakdown or Divorce

Losing a job/ Redundancy

Miscarriage

Retirement

Death of a pet

A loved one’s ill health

Loss of a friendship

Selling the family home

Loss of own health

 

Even the subtlest losses in life can trigger a real sense of grief. Whatever your loss, it’s personal to you, so don’t feel ashamed about how you feel, or believe that it’s somehow only appropriate to grieve for certain things. If the person, animal, relationship, or situation was significant to you, it’s normal to feel the sadness. 

These painful feelings may cause you to want to withdraw from others and retreat into your own world. However, having the face-to-face support of other people is vital to healing from loss. Even if you’re not comfortable talking about your feelings under normal circumstances, it’s important to express them, and sharing your loss can make the burden of grief easier. 

 

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