What is grief?

Grief: A Basic Understanding

Jun 29, 2015

Grief is a reaction to any form of loss. It is associated with feelings of sadness, yearning, guilt, regret, anger, and other negative feelings. Grieving behaviors range from crying to laughter, and from sharing feelings to engaging silently in activities like cleaning, writing, or exercising. Surprising in their strength or mildness, emotions associated with grief can be very confusing. There is no right or wrong way to experience grief.

Each experience of grief is unique, complex, and personal. But the ability to talk about the loss allows the bereaved to feel less alone and helps them get the sympathy and support they need to move forward. A good therapist is the perfect listener and can help find, according to the individual needs of each person, different ways of maintaining a healthy connection with the deceased through memory, reflection, ritual, and dialogue.

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