Chapter 1: An introduction to grief

What is grief?

The grief expert says
Carol shares about grief and how normalizing its experience can be helpful for families.(3:22)Video transcript 

I was surprised at how the grief came in waves for me. One day I was fine and the next I wasn’t. You can live with the grief, but it changes you forever.

Grief hasn’t ended for me, but it has changed. I think we need to work on making space for people to just be with one another, without trying to fix it or put a timeline on it.

Grief is a normal response to loss that is often misunderstood. Whenever you lose someone or something important to you, you grieve, but not always in the same way. Some losses are more significant than others and have a greater impact on you. 

Click on the arrows below to reveal some facts about grief.


Your feelings may surprise you and may not fit with your previous experiences of grief. You may have not felt much at first but now feel that grief is taking up your entire life. You may be grieving for the past and wondering about the future.