Grief and Loss
Losing someone you care about is painful. Grief is the emotional reaction that follows. It’s a normal process. It has 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 their own grief process. Over time, grief should slowly lead you to accept the loss. Many people can keep doing 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 hopeless
Loss of appetite and sleep
Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
Normal grief often doesn't need to be treated. You'll slowly start feeling more adjusted to your new life. In some cases, grief lasts a long time or is more severe. This may need to be treated with talk therapy. So may depression that's linked to grief. If you are concerned about your grief, talk with your healthcare provider.
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