After a loss, it is normal to feel desperate and alone–but you don’t have to be. Reach out for support. Let others who’ve been there walk with you on your grief journey.
Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith, and the nature of the loss. The grieving process takes time. Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried–and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. For others, the grieving process is measured in years. Whatever your grief experience, it’s important to be patient with yourself and allow the process to naturally unfold.
The grieving process takes time. Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried–and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving.
While loss affects people in different ways, many people experience the following feelings when they’re grieving. Just remember that almost anything that you experience in the early stages of grief is normal–including feeling like you’re going crazy, feeling like you’re in a bad dream, or questioning your religious beliefs.
Losing someone or something you love is very painful. After a significant loss, you may experience all kinds of difficult and surprising emotions, such as shock, anger, and guilt. Sometimes it may feel like the sadness will never let up. While these feelings can be frightening and overwhelming, they are normal reactions to loss. Accepting them as part of the grieving process and allowing yourself to feel what you feel is necessary for healing. Determine if you want to talk with a professional, a grief counselor or a group. Reach out for support.
We encourage you to review our list of resources and reach out for help if you feel you need it. There is a community of people that have experienced a loss similar to yours–ask for help.RESOURCES ON GRIEF