What is Grief

What is Grief

Grief refers to the reaction to a loss; bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the loss of a loved one. The process commonly involves dealing with a wide range of feelings, from sadness to anger to numbness. This varies across individuals, and it’s important to remember that each person grieves differently. There may be similarities within grief and bereavement, however our own unique experience of the relationship and loss, our background in terms of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and other variables, play a role in how we react, respond, and handle our grief and the process of bereavement. Keep in mind, grief is normal.

Common Reactions and Experiences

We all know that loss is a fact of life, however it doesn't make our grief any less intense. Grief as a reaction to loss is normal.

Grandparents and Grief

Grandparents often find themselves experiencing a “double grief”–they are grieving the loss of their grandchild, while also feeling at a loss as to how to help their own child through their grief.


Models and Treatment of Grief

Over the years, researchers and clinicians have developed a better understanding of the grief and bereavement process.

Siblings and Grief

When a child has died, the impact on any other children in the family can vary, including temperament and development stage.


Trauma and Loss

"Trauma" describes an emotional, physical, and psychological response to an extremely stressful event that overwhelms one's ability to cope.

When to Seek Immediate Assistance

During the grief process it is normal to occassionally express thoughts that may intially feel alarming. Knowing when to reach out for immediate assistance is important.


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