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IntroductionGrief Support
About the Grieving Process

Losing someone you love or care deeply about can be very painful. Grief is a normal response after someone dies.

Everyone feels it in their own way. You’re likely to feel a range of emotions over time. At times, they may be very strong and can even feel overwhelming.

Sometimes a memory or event, or a special date in the year can cause fresh feelings of sadness. But the more you learn about grief, the better you can cope with it.

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What is grief?

Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. Grieving is not forgetting. Nor is it drowning in tears.

Healthy grieving results in an ability to remember the importance of our loss—but with a newfound sense of peace, rather than searing pain.

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Although grieving is an individual experience, there are common grief reactions people share after suffering personal loss.

These include : Feelings , Thoughts , physical sensations and behaviours

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FEELINGS

People who have experienced loss may have a range of feelings.

This could include shock, numbness, sadness, denial, despair, anxiety, anger, guilt, loneliness, depression, helplessness, relief, and yearning.

A grieving person may start crying after hearing a song or comment that makes them think of the person who has passed on. That person may also cry for no reason.

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Thoughts

Common thought patterns include disbelief, confusion, difficulty in concentrating, preoccupation, and hallucinations.

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Physical sensations

Grief can cause physical sensations, such as tightness or heaviness in the chest or throat, nausea or an upset stomach, dizziness, headaches, physical numbness, muscle weakness or tension, and fatigue. It may also make you vulnerable to illness.

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Behaviours

When a person is grieving, he or she may struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep.

He or she may also lose energy for enjoyable activities or lose interest in eating or interacting socially.

A grieving person may also become more irritable or aggressive. Other common behaviours include restlessness and excessive activity.

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