Grief is the national reaction one feels when someone or something of importance is lost. It is an emotional response which may vary in intensity depending on how significant the loss was.
A person can grieve many things. The loss of a job, the loss of a pet, the loss of a loved one, the loss of health of one’s abilities. How you grieve is very much related to your personality and coping skills, your faith and beliefs as well as the nature and significance of the loss. There is no “normal” grieving nor time table in which you will begin to feel better.
There are many symptoms of grief. Shock and disbelief, anger, sadness, anxiety, panic, fear, guilt as well as physical symptoms are common however almost any emotion you feel right after a loss are normal and predictable.
There are ways to cope with grief. One of the most important ways to deal with a loss is to have the support of others. Talking with others helps to relieve the burden of the loss. Accept the love and support from friends and family. Seek the support of a trained Therapist if your grief feels overwhelming.