Grief is a healthy and natural reaction to a significant loss in a person’s life. Grief is both an intellectual and emotional process in which the individual is trying to establish a sense of self in both the physical and psychological sense. The intellectual and emotional instability is brought about by being caught in between two worlds. The first being the world that the individual is accustomed to and comfortable with; the second world is new, foreign, and does not allow them to maintain the same routines, actions, plans, or goals that were a part of their first world.

Most people associate grief with the loss due to death, however people can grieve for a number of different reasons such as:

  • infertility
  • miscarriage or stillbirth
  • birth defects
  • brain Injury
  • neurological disorders
  • developmental disorders
  • chronic Illness
  • transitions due to job loss, moving, financial problems, divorce, or separation

Though grief is important and leads to emotional healing, it can be a prolonged and intensely painful experience, and can result in significant emotional distress. The grief reaction may last for months or years.

If you are experiencing grief/loss, you may benefit from:

  • having an increased sense of well-being
  • feeling more comfortable and relaxed
  • ability to focus
  • sleep more deeply
  • energized and feeling motivated