Grief & Loss

Grief & Loss

You’ve lost someone or some thing. Grief is a natural response.

What is Grief?

Grief is a person’s natural response to loss. Grief is the negative emotional response to loss; when something or someone is taken away from you. The emotional suffering in response to loss can be severe and manifest in both physical and emotional symptoms such as fear, anger, sleeplessness and weight fluctuations. Not everyone grieves in the same way and coping with grief can look very different person to person.

What causes Grief?

The most common association with grief is the loss of a loved one. This type of grief also tends to be the most intense and severe. However, grief can also be triggered by many other life experiences including:

  • Divorce or Breakup
  • Loss of Health or illness (yourself or a loved one)
  • Loss of friendship
  • Loss of job or retirement
  • Miscarriage
  • Death of a pet

What are the symptoms of Grief?

Grief can cause both physical and emotional symptoms.

Emotional Symptoms can include:

  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Disbelief

Physical symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Lowered immunity
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Aches and pains
  • Insomnia

Stages of Grief

There are 7 stages to the normal grieving process:

  • Shock
  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Reconstruction
  • Acceptance

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