Chapter 2: Why your grief may not be recognized

When the loss is related to a person’s death

I've been there
Lynn speaks about how grief after the death of a sibling is often not recognized. (3:22)Video transcript
Pat speaks about how grief is not recognized in the same way when the person who died was very old. (3:22)Video transcript

I knew my friend since childhood. She was a very special person in my life, and when she died, it was hard to explain it to people. There's no word for a grieving friend or for someone who's “like family.”

I think with any infant loss, people just don't know what to say, so they don’t talk about it. It turned out that a co-worker had experienced a stillbirth of their baby six months before us and I never knew that. He never talked about it.

Most people who are grieving a death receive some degree of support and understanding from those around them. If you’re not receiving the support you need, it may be because your grief isn’t being recognized. 

Click each example below to see some possible reasons. 

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