Life after loss: Dealing with grief

Loss is an inevitable part of life, and grief is a natural part of the healing process. The reasons for grief are many, such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of health, or the letting go of a long-held dream. Dealing with a significant loss can be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life.

Different kinds of loss:

Feelings of loss are very personal, and only you know what is significant to you. People commonly associate certain losses with strong feelings of grief. These can include:

  • Loss of a close friend

  • Death of a partner

  • Death of a classmate or colleague

  • Serious illness of a loved one

  • Relationship breakup

  • Death of a family member

Subtle or less obvious losses can also cause strong feelings of grief, even though those around you may not know the extent of your feelings. Some examples include:

  • Leaving home

  • Illness/loss of health

  • Death of a pet

  • Change of job

  • Move to a new home

  • Graduation from school

  • Loss of a physical ability

  • Loss of financial security

Normal grief reactions

When experiencing grief, it is common to:

  • Feel like you are “going crazy”

  • Have difficulty concentrating

  • Feel sad or depressed

  • Be irritable or angry (at the deceased, oneself, others, higher powers)

  • Feel frustrated or misunderstood

  • Experience anxiety, nervousness, or fearfulness

  • Feel like you want to “escape”

  • Experience guilt or remorse

  • Be ambivalent

  • Feel numb

  • Lack energy and motivation

 Please note that the above is provided as information only and is not meant to be used as a diagnosis or take the place of professional counselling services.

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