Grief is a natural emotional response to loss. People may feel grief over:
- The loss of a loved one
- The loss of health
- The loss of function or the way things used to be
- Work changes
- Relationship changes
- Any significant loss.
Grief is a process that each person experiences in a different way. There is no timeline for grief and the process might take longer than you expect.Common responses to grief can include:
- Feeling sad, down or tearful
- Stress, anxiety, confusion, exhaustion
- Anger, shock, fear, helplessness
- Irritability, withdrawn, loss of interest, restless
- Loneliness, isolation and withdrawal
- Difficulty concentrating
- Physical health such as changes in appetite, sleeping or headaches
- Not enjoying usual activities and hobbies.
Finding professional assistance can be helpful for some people - see Psychological Wellbeing.
“Grief is not a disorder, a disease or sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.”