Grief, also called bereavement, is a process we all experience when we lose a loved one, even when we anticipate it. We all grieve in our own way and on our own timeline.
Emotions of Loss
Most people move through phases of grief, including shock, numbness, depression, anger, and guilt. You might have a difficult time eating, breathing, or sleeping, and may avoid other people. You might be forgetful or have strange dreams. All of these and many other thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are normal.
Though these thoughts and behaviors will pass or fade, it's also normal to think that you'll never feel better. Grief support can be very helpful as you cope with these painful feelings and adapt to your loss. You can seek grief support through various avenues, such as local counselors, your place of worship, and your local hospice. If your loved one was in a hospice program, a year of bereavement counseling usually is offered.
Additional Grief Resources
The following websites can provide more information on grief and bereavement support:
If a love one has passed, you may also need to communicate this information to your family. Learn more about communicating with children about illness and death.