Bereavement, Grief, Loss & Mourning

Losing something or someone you love can be very painful and disorienting. Sadness, anger, numbness, and despair are common reactions and grieving can take time, patience, and careful attention. It may no longer be possible to live the life you have known, but it is possible to learn to honor your loss while living with greater meaning and purpose. Depending on your situation you may find support from friends, family,  a spiritual counselor, or a therapist.

What is bereavement?

Bereavement is a state of loss resulting from the death a beloved person or animal.

What is grief?

Grief is the most common emotional reaction to bereavement or another form of loss. The process of grieving is very personal and unique to each loss, meaning there is no “right” or “wrong” way to grieve. Healthy coping involves learning to fully experience your loss and grief, honoring your relationship with the deceased, and making adjustments to continue investing in a meaningful life.

What is loss?

Loss occurs when something or someone you love is taken away. There are many ways to experience loss, including through bereavement, divorce, moving to a new city, the ending of a friendship, losing health, or losing a job. The more significant the loss, the greater the grief.

What is mourning?

Mourning is the process of adapting to life following a loss. Mourning is the expression of grief through behavior, including private or personal expressions, public religious or cultural practices, and the customs for expressing grief that are shared by your friends, family, and community. It can be a time to fully acknowledge the depth of your loss, and to learn to meet your pain and the pain of others with dignity, honesty, respect, and compassion.