Chapter 3: Common experiences

Small things trigger grief

I've been there
Dianne talks about triggers of grief.(3:22)Video transcript

When I turn on the television, all I see is people who are sick, people who are dying, messages about foundations wanting money to fight this illness or that. I can't stand it.

Everyday experiences - such as hearing a favourite song or smelling a loved one's clothes - can cause a flood of deep grief.

Some people are suddenly struck by all the news stories about cancer and death. Others have trouble going near a hospital.  

Events, places, people, and objects can unexpectedly bring strong feelings to the surface. It is helpful to remember that this is common.

For more information, see Module 4, Moving through grief; Module 5, Making sense of intense emotions and Module 6, Managing difficult situations.