Grief comes in unexpected surges.....mysterious cues that set off a reminder of grief. It comes crashing like a wave, sweeping me in its crest, twisting me inside out, then recedes. ~ Tony Talbot
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A period of mourning after a loss, especially after the death of a loved one; a state of intense grief; desolation.
Each person's experience of grief is unique and individual. Below are some common emotional, physical, spiritual and social indicators of grief:
There simply is not a time line that can be applied to measure or predict a person's grief. Grief lasts as long as it takes to begin accepting, understanding and learning to adjust to living with your loss. Throughout this grieving process, being able to receive support is a way to care for yourself and help begin the healing process. The changes and transitions required by grief may generate feelings of isolation and increased anxiety. When the work of grief is approached with the intention of allowing grief to teach and inform us, these painful transitions and changes may help the grieving process.
No, your grief is not a sign of weakness or poor coping skills, it is a normal and healthy part of the healing process. To deal with grief and face the changes in your life, you may need to:
“You do not heal from the loss of a loved one because time passes; you heal because of what you do with the time." ~ Carol Crandall