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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.

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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.  Common grief reactions include:

  • Not want to believe the loss is real

  • Emotional numbness, shock

  • Feel annoyed or outright angry

  • Think you could have done something to stop the loss

  • Have sad moods and feel hopeless

  • Loss of appetite, sleep  and loss of interest in things you used to enjoy

Normal grief typically does not need to be treated. Chronic or blunted grief may require treatment with talk therapy. Serious grief reactions or depression related to grief may require treatment. If you think you have grief-related depression, talk to your doctor about whether you need treatment.



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