Grief is a natural reaction to loss. Whether you lose a beloved person, animal, place, object, or valued way of life (such as your job, marriage, or good health), you will probably experience some grief. It's often worse when the loss is traumatic, sudden, or unexpected, because there is little or no chance to prepare for it or say good-bye.
Events that can cause grief include:
Everyone grieves in a different way. There is no normal and expected period of time for grieving.
It may take as long as 18 to 24 months to accept the death of a loved one. It can take much longer when the death or loss is traumatic or unexpected. How long you grieve can depend on how much the loss meant to you and how prepared you were for the loss.
You may experience:
You also may be confused and have a hard time making decisions. You may blame yourself or others for the loss.
During the grieving process, you can:
Don't give yourself a timetable for getting over it. You may need to talk to a counselor or other professional.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Jessica Hamblen, PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder|
|Last Revised||January 13, 2011|
Last Revised: January 13, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
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