I have written this around Grief, Loss and Bereavement as we all experience some kind of loss at stages through our lives and sometimes we need support around it.
I know I have been through lots of different losses and sought my own counselling and support for some of them.
Depending on the type of loss I have gone through there have been times when I have been able to cope, experience the feelings and process the loss with friends and family around. Other times that just wasn’t enough and needed my own space and time with someone not connected to me or the person I have lost. It enabled me to be able to be as open as I could and no need to worry about what the other person was going to say or have their own feelings affected from my true thoughts and feelings due to the losses. This meant for me that I could move through the grief and feelings with someone alongside me rather than to try and do it on my own and make sense of the feelings. It also helped to reduce the feelings of guilt to some of the feelings and thoughts I had around losing someone or something.
Some of the below information you might have read before but you might also gain some insight to other information around grief as I have tried to include some useful parts of grief that can happen and can help us move through grief.
What is Grief
Grief is a natural and complex emotional response to loss. It is the intense sorrow, deep distress, and emotional suffering that individuals experience when they lose someone or something significant to them. While we often associate grief with the death of a loved one, it can also be triggered by other types of losses, such as the end of a relationship, the loss of a job, or a major life change.
Grief is a highly individual process, and people may experience it in different ways. The grieving process can encompass a range of emotions.
What is Bereavement
Bereavement refers to the period of grief and mourning after the death of a loved one. It is the state of having suffered a loss, particularly through death. Bereavement encompasses the complex range of emotions, thoughts, and behaviours that individuals experience as they cope with the reality of the death and its aftermath.
Bereavement can also involve practical aspects such as making funeral arrangements, dealing with legal matters, and adjusting to the changes in daily life that result from the loss. Additionally, individuals may grapple with existential and spiritual questions as they come to terms with the meaning and impact of the death.
WHAT IS Loss
Loss refers to the experience of being deprived of something or someone valuable or significant. It can take various forms and occur in different aspects of life. The most common types of loss include:
Death of a Loved One: The most profound and universally recognised form of loss is the death of a family member, friend, or someone emotionally close.
Relationship Breakup or Divorce: The end of a significant relationship, whether through a breakup, divorce, or separation, involves the loss of companionship and emotional connection.
Job Loss: Losing one's job can result in financial strain, a sense of identity loss, and a disruption of routine and purpose.
Health Decline: Physical or mental health challenges can lead to a loss of well-being, independence, or a sense of normality.
Loss of a Pet: For many people, the death or separation from a beloved pet can be a significant emotional loss.
Financial Loss: Experiencing financial setbacks, such as bankruptcy or significant financial loss, can result in a loss of security and lifestyle.
Loss of a Home or Property: Natural disasters, accidents, or other circumstances can lead to the loss of one's home or property.
Loss of Independence: Aging or disability can lead to a loss of independence and the ability to perform certain activities.
Loss is an inevitable and universal aspect of the human experience. It often triggers a grief response.
Stages of Grief