Grief and Grieving
Grief is a complex reaction to loss. The loss may be a person or animal, or an important part of life (job, marriage, health.)
This audio recording will explain different types of grief, and the process of grieving. It includes:
- What grief is
- What “anticipatory grief” is, and how it helps prepare for loss
- What the process of grieving is
- How grieving differs from one person to another
- Symptoms of grieving
- What the effects of grieving may be, and when you should seek help
- How grieving may affect health
- What may happen if a person does not grieve
- Treatment for grieving
- People often think of grief as a response to a death, or the permanent loss of a way of life. However, caregivers may also feel grief as they see changes in the person they are caring for. This may be due to changes in health, or the ability to move, function, or think. It is important to recognize these feelings of loss and grief. They are natural, and will help you understand and accept the situation over time.
- The grieving process is different for every person. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to grieve. Grieving also does not follow a “straight line”; some days may be better, then worse, then better again. Be patient with others (and yourself) while going through this process. Do not try to ignore it or rush it.
- If you or the person you are caring for feel(s) overwhelmed by grief and cannot function for several weeks, contact a doctor or health professional. He or she may suggest counseling, support groups, or medication to help cope.