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.

Helpful resources
Module 4, Moving through grief
Module 5, Making sense of intense emotions 
Module 6, Managing difficult situations