Grief, Loss & Bereavement

Understanding Grief, Loss & Bereavement

Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Bereavement refers specifically to the process of recovering from the death or loss of someone you love.The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be. Mourning refers to the public expression of grieving, including religious rituals, which can vary considerably by culture.

Read more about the Process of Grieving here.

Read about Recovering from Grief here,

Learn about Therapy Support for Grief here.

You may associate grief with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of its most intense type, however any loss can cause grief, including:

  • Divorce or relationship breakup
  • Loss of health
  • Losing a job
  • Loss of financial stability
  • A miscarriage
  • Retirement
  • Death of a pet
  • Loss of a cherished dream
  • A loved one’s serious illness
  • Loss of friendship
  • Loss of safety after trauma
  • Selling the family home

These are some of the common reasons why we grieve however, even subtle losses can cause us to grieve. For example, you might experience grieve a moving away from home, a graduating from college, changing jobs, or retiring from a career you loved.

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