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Grief

What is Grief?

Grief is the normal process of reacting to the loss. Grief reactions may be felt in response to physical losses (example: a death) or in response to symbolic or social losses (example: job loss). Each type of loss means the person has had something taken away.

Grief may be described as the presense of physical problems, constant thoughts of the person who died, guilt, hostility, and a change in the way one normally acts.

Symptoms of Grief

Grief may be experienced as a mental, physical, social, or emotional reaction. Mental reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness, and despair. Physical reactions can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, physical problems, or illness. Social reactions can include feelings about taking care of others in the family, seeing family or friends, or returning to work.

What is Bereavement?

Bereavement is the period after a loss during which grief is experienced and mourning occurs. The time spent in a period of bereavement depends on how attached the person was to the person who died, and how much time was spent anticipating the loss.

What is Mourning?

Mourning is the process by which people adapt to a loss. Mourning is also influenced by cultural customs, rituals, and society’s rules for coping with loss.

Mourning is often described as having the following 3 phases:

  • The urge to bring back the person who died.
  • Disorganization and sadness.
  • Reorganization.

Grief and Loss Support Groups

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