When a person loses someone important to them, they go through a normal process calling grieving. Grieving is natural and should be expected. Over time, it can help the person accept and understand their loss.
Many people think of grief as a single instance or short time of pain or sadness in response to a loss – like the tears shed at a loved one’s funeral. Grieving includes the entire emotional process of coping with the loss and it can last a long time. Normal grieving allows us to let a loved one go and keep on living in a healthy way.
Grief is painful, but important. It can feel like a roller coaster going through the stages, but through time and support the pain will lessen.
Every person grieves differently, but many will experience similar emotions and feelings such as shock, numbness, depression, withdrawal, and/ or guilt. Each of these are normal feelings as one is grieving, but if you find that you are struggling with the process reach out for help. There is no shame in asking for help.
Coping with Grief
Stages of Grief
Information about Next Steps after a Death
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