Grief and Loss
Losing someone you care about is painful. Grief is the emotional reaction that follows. It’s a normal process, with both physical and emotional signs. But even with major life changes, such as the loss of a spouse or parent, you can face the loss and move on.
Grief takes many forms
Each person will have his or her own grieving process. Grief may or may not occur in predictable stages. Or, it may bounce between stages. But, in time, grief will gradually lead you towards acceptance of the loss. Many people are able to continue normal daily activities even with bouts of grief. These normal grief reactions are common:
Not wanting to believe the loss is real
Feeling emotional numbness or shock
Feeling annoyed or outright angry
Thinking you could have done something to stop the loss
Feeling sad or even hopeless
Loss of appetite and sleep
Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
Normal grief typically does not need to be treated. You will slowly start feeling more adjusted to your new life. Grief that lasts long or is more difficult may require treatment with talk therapy. Serious grief reactions or depression related to grief SPAN: may require treatment. If you are concerned about your grief, talk with your healthcare provider.
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