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Grief & LossGrief and loss can put people at risk of becoming depressed.
While the signs and symptoms of grief and loss are similar, it's important to recognise the differences so the affected person can receive the most
appropriate help.

WHAT IS LOSS ?

The death of a loved one is a common situation that causes grief which is relatively well understood and recognised.
However, when there are big changes in a person's life, it can also leave us with the same feeling as if something/some one has been taken away.

Losses can be large or small and the effect of multiple losses accumulates.

Common experiences of loss:

• Relationship changes - separation, divorce, and of course death of a loved one

• Job changes - unemployment, retrenchment, retirement or demotion

• Change of role - e.g. children leaving home - or becoming a carer and having one's freedom restricted.

• Loss of health through illness, disability and/or ageing

• Miscarriage, infertility - disappointment at not being able to have a child

• Separation from family and friends - e.g. moving interstate or overseas.
 



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WHAT IS GRIEF ?

When a person experiences a significant loss, it's usually followed by a period of grief.
Grief has no set pattern -

The length and severity of each grief experience is different for everyone.
There are however, common reactions and responses:




Some feelings associated with grief :

• Shock, feeling of numbness
• Returning overwhelming waves of emotional sadness.
• Headaches, sleeplessness.
• Flash back experiences of recurring thoughts, images, happy memories and sitiuations.

• Disbelief - "It can't be real."

• Confusion, often trying to make sense of it - "Why has this happened to me?"

• Anger - feeling deserted.
•      Appointing blame.

•      Pining and yearning - wanting whatever was lost to be returned

•      Guilt reinforcing Remorse- "I wish I had done things differently."

•      A sense of isolation and fear at facing the rest of life alone.

 
       As difficult, aching, seemingly endless & painful, the experience of grief whilst extremely unpleasant is never the less a normal, emotional experience which effects all individuals in their own way and manner.

 
Regardless of the circumstances a person experiencing grief needs support.


   If grief is not recognised and acknowledged, it can fester and have a detrimental effect on a person's health and wellbeing.

 



 

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