Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you experience when something or someone you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can be overwhelming. You may feel many difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. The pain of grief can also impact your physical health, making it hard to sleep, eat, or even think straight. These are normal reactions to loss—and the more significant the loss, the more intense your grief will be.
Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges. We often associate grieving with the death of a loved one, but any loss can cause grief, including:
Even subtle losses can trigger a sense of grief. Grieving is a highly individual experience; there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experiences, your faith, and how significant the loss was to you. Inevitably, the grieving process takes time. Healing happens gradually and can’t be forced; there is no standardized timetable for grieving. Whatever your grief experience, it’s important to be patient with yourself and allow the process to naturally unfold.