Grief and Loss

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Grief and Loss

Loss is an event that provokes an emotional release called grief. Grief is a natural response to loss. Understanding the difference may help you cope during this time. Loss and grief can be severely overwhelming experiences, especially if you wonder if what you feel is natural. The processing of grief and loss varies for each person. Everyone expresses their emotions differently; there’s no “right” or ” wrong” way. But knowing what to expect and what to do when grieving may help you or a loved one cope.

What is Grief?

Grief is an emotional response to experiencing loss.

Signs and symptoms

Some of the signs and symptoms of grief may include:

• low mood states

• symptoms of anxiety

• symptoms of depression

• emotional withdrawal or isolation

What is Loss?

Loss is defined as the act or process of losing something or someone. It triggers the grieving process.

You may experience loss during times of transition, such as breaking up with someone or resigning from a job.

Common Types of Loss That Cause Grief

Loss of a loved one or pet

Losing a loved one (human or animal) can create a huge sense of loss and frequently results in a “void” in one’s life.

Job transitions

Job transitions can cause loss of daily routine, social interaction, and identity. Job-related loss includes:

  • changing companies
  • being promoted or demoted
  • being terminated
  • switching fields altogether


Breakups include the loss of a relationship and the loss of how life once was.

Moving away

Moving-related loss includes leaving:

  • workplace
  • a home environment
  • frequented grocery stores
  • community and social events
  • ability to easily navigate from one place to the next

Illness and injury

Experiencing loss of physical or mental ability can result in grief, too.

Examples include:

  • traumatic brain injury
  • chronic illnesses
  • mental health conditions

Next Steps

Experiencing grief after loss is a natural response. If you need support, consider speaking with a mental health professional who can validate your experience. A mental health professional can also provide specific tips and ideas for healing from this loss. If you’d like to speak with a therapist, such as myself, consider scheduling a consultation. You’re not alone.

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