Grief is an emotional response to loss. The loss is generally the death of a loved one (including pets), but may also include grieving the breakup of a marriage, the loss of a job, or grieving an adult child who makes lifestyle choices with which you disagree. Grief is a natural reaction and impacts all of us at some point in our lives. The only people who are spared the experience of grief are individuals who don’t live long enough to fully experience life.
Grieving is experienced differently among different people. If you have recently experienced a loss, resist the temptation to compare yourself to other people — your grieving experience is unique.
While we all grieve at some point in our lives, grieving can become a destructive experience for some people.