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Grief is a natural, powerful and human response to the loss of someone or something close to us. It takes time to adjust or grow around grief and during this time you will need to care for yourself, while managing everyday life.
There are many experiences in life that may cause you grief. For example:
The feelings of grief can include sadness, anger, guilt, regret, relief, amongst others. You may be confused and your thoughts disorganised as you adjust to the change and loss.
The process of grieving is a very individual experience. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and in fact there are different styles of grieving. There is no designated time frame for grieving. It will come and go over days, months, even years. The intensity of your grief will change over time.
When you are grieving it can be helpful to talk about how you feel and what you think with a trusted other. Talking may help you deal with the loss, help with feelings of isolation, and has the potential for others to show they care, and support you.
If you do not have family or friends around to talk to, or don’t want to talk to them about your loss, talking to a counsellor can be really useful.