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Grief and Loss

When people lose someone they love, a period of grief usually follows. It is almost impossible for humans to experience loss without feeling some kind of grief. Grief is a normal response to the loss of a loved one. Bereavement is the process of grieving, and each person's experience is unique.

Understanding Grief and Loss

This article provides information on grief, loss, mourning, and bereavement, including common reactions to grief, factors affecting grief, grief among different cultures, and stages of grief.

Coping with Grief

Information is provided on strategies for coping with loss, including support groups, grief therapy, and grief counseling.

Coping With Change After a Loss

This article discusses the types of changes, such as routine, relationship, financial, and faith/spirituality, that may occur following the death of a loved one and offers ways to cope with these changes.

Grieving the Loss of a Child

Information is provided regarding common reactions to the loss of a child, including gender differences in grieving. This article also discusses helping a sibling who is grieving and the importance of allowing yourself time to grieve.

Grieving the Loss of a Sibling

Grief, which usually involves a range of emotions, such as disbelief, despair, guilt, anger, and helplessness, is a normal response to the loss of a brother or sister. However, adult siblings are sometimes called "forgotten mourners" because their grief is often overshadowed by that of other family members, such as the person’s parents, spouse, or children.

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