Grief is a complex process that includes coping with the heartache, loneliness, and practical adjustments that occur after someone significant in our lives is no longer with us.
Individual experiences will vary, but some common reactions are listed below:
Among your family and friends, you will likely see a wide range of responses to the death of your loved one, both immediately and in the months to come. You can’t always tell from the outside how someone is reacting to loss on the inside, so you may need to adjust your expectations of yourself and others. People are uncomfortable with grief and may tell you how they expect you to be reacting. It’s important to recognize that everyone grieves differently and there is no right or wrong way to grieve.
“Even when we grow through our grief and feel we have put our lives together again, it is normal to feel each loss throughout our lives.”
Diane Hart, Hospice of the Northwest Bereavement Coordinator
Get more information or speak to someone about grief by calling (360) 814-5550.