Grief is our natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Everyone deals with grief differently.
What does grief look like?
Many people experience different emotions following a loss.
There is no right or wrong way to experience grief.
For some people, grief might look like:
- Shock and disbelief
- Physical symptoms, like fatigue, not sleeping or weight loss.
The grieving process takes time. Healing happens gradually. It cant’ be forced or hurried- and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months, for others, it’s years.
When grief doesn’t go away
As time passes, emotions should become less intense. If you aren’t feeling better over time, it may be a sign that your grief has developed into a more serious problem.
It’s OK to say you are struggling and ask for help.
Download the Grief Factsheet to learn more about grieving and where to get the right support.