Grieving is a normal response to loss and it can go on for many years. It also takes unexpected forms depending on the bereaved, his relationship with the deceased, and the cause of the loss. In worst cases, grief can lead to depression and complicated grief.
Here are some things that everyone should understand about the process of grief:
- Shock, numbness, and disbelief usually come first
- Facing the loss brings out painful emotions
- Accepting the loss means learning to live without the loved one
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