Chapter 1: An introduction to grief
Everyone grieves in their own way
Not everyone expresses their grief in the same way. Even those experiencing the same loss may grieve differently. They might be overcome by sorrow or anger; talk openly or close down; get “busy”; or avoid people altogether. A person who is grieving may feel alone in their grief if others appear to have different responses to the loss.
What affects your grief
Many factors may impact how a person experiences grief, whether the loss is related to a death or not. Click on the arrows below for some examples.
The relationship with the person who died and how they died
The loss that was experienced
Values and beliefs.
How a person usually copes with distress, and other losses they’ve experienced
What else is happening in their life, such as a new job; moving; separation or divorce; their physical and mental well-being; or financial struggles
A person may experience a variety of losses after a death or another loss. These are referred to as “secondary” losses. These losses may be connected to relationship and roles or they may also be related to lost hopes, lost dreams, and changed expectations about the future.