Grief is a natural reaction to loss. It may be the loss of an enjoyed one, relationship, pregnancy, animal, task or lifestyle. Other experiences of loss might be due to kids leaving house, infertility and separation from friends and family. The more substantial the loss, the more extreme the grief is likely to be.
Grief is revealed in lots of ways and it can impact every part of your life; your feelings, thoughts and behaviour, beliefs, physical health, your sense of self and identity, and your relationships with others. Grief can leave you feeling unfortunate, mad, anxious, stunned, regretful, relieved, overloaded, separated, irritable or numb.
Grief has no set pattern. Everyone experiences grief differently. Some people might grieve for weeks and months, while others may describe their grief lasting for many years. Through the process of grief, nevertheless, you begin to develop new experiences and practices that work around your loss.